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British Mom Flies to Syrian Border to Rescue Son Who Ran Away to Join ISIS

| by Lisa Fogarty

A British mother traveled to the Syrian border in Turkey to rescue her 21-year-old son, who ran away to join the Islamic State extremists.

“Linda,” who does not want her last name revealed, says she raised her son in a Christian household, but that he converted to Islam three years ago after listening to and identifying with online extremist messages. She says she didn’t know his intentions when he suddenly left home and flew to Syria to fight with ISIS, reports the Mirror.

Linda says her son called her when he reached Syria and that she threatened to move abroad if he didn’t come home. “James” reportedly found himself in over his head when he was hurt by shrapnel while trapped in a crossfire while attempting to escape the country’s civil war.

“He was traumatized, he was in quite a fragile state,” Linda, 45, said. “He was by himself, he was scared. At that point I knew I was going to have to go to Turkey, because it gave him something to aim for, he knew that his mom was waiting for him. I’ve never been to Turkey before so I didn’t really know where I was going or what I was doing.”

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Linda says she traveled to the Turkish border with Syria and sat at an Internet café with her iPad, where she mapped out a safe route James could take to meet her.

Linda says she and James were questioned by Scotland Yard when they flew back to England, but that her son was released that same day when they determined he did not pose a risk to national security.

Source: The Mirror

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