Return from ISIS: A Family's Story

Series 2020 Return from ISIS: A Family's Story

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Review

Journalist Josh Baker investigates the strange case of an Indiana woman who is now serving six years in prison for supporting Isis. Previews weren’t available but it’s an extraordinary story. Samantha Sally was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness but in 2015 followed her Moroccan husband Moussa Elhassani to Syria, where he was to become an Isis sniper. Was she his accomplice or his prisoner?

Sally and her children ended up in a Kurdish detention camp, but court documents show she had helped Moussa and his brother join Isis by moving $30,000 in cash and gold from the United States to Hong Kong. Sally relates her story to Baker, describing her life with the terrorist group and the part she played in buying sex slaves.

Summary

Journalist Josh Baker investigates the story of former Indiana resident Samantha Sally and her family. After arriving in Syria, her husband became an Islamic State sniper and her young son Matthew was forced to take part in an infamous propaganda video. Sally, who is now in prison, describes her life with the terror group and the part she played in buying sex slaves.

Cast & Crew

Director Joshua Baker
Editor Rachel Jupp
Executive Producer Dan Edge
Executive Producer Karen Wightman
Producer Joshua Baker
Producer Leo Telling
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