All In The Family: ISIS Edition

Stories reflected in the 2014 rise of ISIS by the sword and its 2018 fall under the sword are unfolding in dramatic fashion right now in seemingly unlikely American suburbia. In places like Plano, Texas, the prosperous community of to-the-horizon McMansions just north of Dallas, metaphors can be found for the smoking rubble of the geographically distant ISIS caliphate.

Were the brothers Arman and Oman Ali to come home to Plano right now, they would find their ISIS-simpatico parents in federal custody and maybe even join them there. Fealty to the Islamist religious ideal was an Ali family affair. And it left the entire unit ruined, its pretty $450,000 brick home empty, and 14-year-old little sister and daughter in enhanced teen angst with relatives in Houston.

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