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An American Mom Who Lived Under ISIS Rule Speaks Out | FRONTLINE

For the past 18 months, FRONTLINE and the BBC have been investigating the saga of a boy who appeared in an ISIS propaganda video.

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We uncovered an extraordinary tale of one American family’s journey from a comfortable life in Indiana to Raqqa, the bombed-out capital of the Islamic State, and ultimately into Kurdish detention.

Sam El Hassani, an American, says that her husband took the family to Turkey in 2015. She says he then forced her and the children over the Syrian border to join ISIS.

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