The story of an American woman who lived under ISIS rule for more than two years with her four children has a new twist: she’s reportedly been charged in a sealed indictment and will be returned to the United States from a Kurdish detention camp.
In March, in her first interview, Samantha El Hassani told FRONTLINE and the BBC that her husband Moussa, a Moroccan national, tricked her into traveling to the so called Islamic State. She said he took her and her two children at the time on a vacation in Turkey in 2015, and then forced them over the border into Syria.
“We ended up in Raqqa,” she said in the interview, which was supervised by Kurdish guards. “The first thing I say to him is, ‘You’re crazy and I’m leaving,’ and he said, with a big smile on his face, ‘Go ahead. You can try, but you won’t make it.’”
Sure he did.