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Kansas teen,15, escapes ISIS after five years in captivity

Tue, Oct. 17, 2017 Posted: 06:35 PM


By Mark Ellis

A Kansas girl taken by her father against her will to join ISIS in Syria has been freed after five years, and longs to rejoin her mother in the United States.

“I’m from Kansas and I’ve been in Syria for five years,” the young woman told CBS, which is withholding her identity because she is a minor.

Her father essentially kidnapped her. “My father didn’t tell us we were coming to Syria. When it was time to get out of the car and cross the border he was like, ‘You’re going to Syria.’

“It was a really big shock!” she told CBS.

Her father was later killed in the fighting, so she had to learn to survive on her own. She says she is a Muslim, but detests ISIS.

“We were prisoners. We were quiet. They said to shut up, stay in your house and have nothing to say. Be glad your head isn’t chopped off.”

She followed the strict dress requirements imposed by ISIS, covering herself head-to-toe in a black abaya and a niqab that masked everything except the thin slit revealing her eyes.

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