German ‘Islamic State’ recruit Lamia K.’s journey to Iraq

It was 2014 when Lamia K. packed her bags and, her two teenage daughters in tow, moved to Syria to join the “Islamic State” (IS), which was sweeping across Iraq and Syria

A divorced woman in her early 50s at the time of her departure, Lamia kept mostly to herself, former friends and acquaintances told DW.

Lamia grew up middle class in Rabat and moved to Trier, in western Germany, in the mid-1990s with a grant to pursue a postgraduate degree in German studies. There she met a man who converted to Islam to marry her and with whom she would go on to have three children: a boy and two girls.

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