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"The Return: Life After ISIS" documents the ISIS scandals in Syria and the West's indulgence with terrorist recruitment

Washington (ST): The documentary “The Return, Life After ISIS” by Spanish director Alba Sautura records  through  the wives of ISIS terrorists in Syria the methods of the terrorist organization's recruitment of girls in the West and the Western government’s tolerance of this crime.

The film, which was shown during the opening of the "South by South West" Film Festival in Texas, according to the British newspaper "Daily Mail", tells the stories of terrorists’ wives who left their country for Syria to join the ranks of the terrorist organization within the areas in which it was spread. Among them, Shamima Begum, a British girl, who is currently 21 years old, was 15 years old when she joined the extremist organization. She was called “The Bride of ISIS”, and her story was covered by the media. She was stripped of her nationality, and the British court refused her return to the country.

British police reports affirmed in 2015 that girls who join the terrorist organization "ISIS" in Syria cross the Turkish border with forged passports, while the British Broadcasting Corporation "BBC" at the time, citing police reports, said that the student Begum used the passport of her sister Aklimah to leave Britain and that Both Amira Abbasi, 15, and Khadija Sultana, 16, and students at the Bethnal Green Academy in London entered Syria via Turkey.

The film did not adequately address the role of the Turkish regime in making Turkey a transit point for tens of thousands of terrorists who committed atrocities against Syrian people despite repeated reports confirming the passage of foreign terrorists through Turkey with forged passports, and how the Erdogan regime facilitated their transfer to the ranks of terrorist organizations in Syria and how Turkey's airports were the first transit station for hundreds of terrorists and extremists from different countries of the world.

Begum tells in the film that in 2015 she left Britain, where she was born and raised with two of her friends, to Syria, and there she married an ISIS terrorist who was of Dutch origin and was eight years older than her without being pursued by any of the British authorities.

She explains in the film how the extremist terrorist organization tricked her into joining it in Syria without any follow-up from the British authorities, to realize upon her arrival to the areas of "ISIS" in Syria the hypocrisy of the extremist organization's propaganda and how it inflicts on people to support its ranks and enhance its propaganda and says, "I lived in fear of being killed every day." With my child, I decided to flee. However, I was afraid that the terrorists would kidnap, torture, and kill me.”

According to estimates by anti-terrorism experts in Britain, about 50 women have traveled from Britain to join the terrorist organization "ISIS" in Syria.

Another girl who joined the ranks of "ISIS" says in the documentary: "We knew that Syria is a war zone and I went there despite that with my children and when I think about it I don't even understand how I could have done it."

Spanish director Sautura wondered in an interview with "Women and Hollywood" website, "I will never be able to understand how a Western woman can make a decision to give up everything and join an organization that commits atrocities such as those perpetrated by" ISIS "in Syria and she must bear the consequences”.

Sautura pointed out that despite the atrocities committed by the "ISIS" organization in Syria, there is still a nucleus of more extremist Western women loyal to the extremist organization. 

In 2015, Bob Milton, a former police chief in Britain, described the British government's indulgence in leaving British terrorists to join ISIS in Syria as shameful.

K.Q.

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