When Emilie Konig left her home in France to join the Islamic State, she left her two children behind. The former barmaid, who converted to Islam after marrying an Algerian at the age of 23, had missions to fulfill: helping to establish a pure Islamic caliphate and avenging the apostates in the West. In Syria, having divorced her abusive husband years earlier, Konig met and married an ISIS fighter and gave birth to three more children before the caliphate collapsed.
Now Konig wants to come home. Currently in Kurdish custody, the 33-year-old — who was arrested in combat — appears in online videos, unveiled and weeping, declaring her repentance and regret.