British ice vendor who joined ISIS in 2014 is begging to come home
A British ice-cream vendor who joined ISIS in Syria five years ago pleaded to come home because he misses his mother and his life in Cardiff.
Aseel Muthana left Wales to Syria in February 2014, at the age of 17, after his brother Nasser and another friend upon joining the jihadist group.
His family feared he had died, but Muthana has now resurfaced in a prison camp in northern Syria and his mother has supported his plea to come home.
Speak against ITV news out of prison, Muthana, now 22, claimed that he only wanted to help the poor & # 39; when he traveled to Syria.
British ISIS hunter Aseel Muthana (pictured with his back to the camera, speaking to ITV journalist Rohit Kachroo, right) has turned up in this prison camp in Syria
& # 39; When I first came to ISIS, you must understand that I was long before the Caliphate was pronounced, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; Before all these decapitation videos & # 39; s occurred, before all burns occurred, before all those things.
& # 39; We came when ISIS propaganda and ISIS media were all about helping the poor, helping the Syrian people. & # 39;
The wave of widespread ISIS beheadings began later in 2014, when journalist James Foley and British aid worker David Haines were murdered among countless people in propaganda videos broadcast by the terrorist group.
However, ISIS was rooted in extremist groups that had used decapitations well before the war in Iraq.
Muthana begged to come home and said he missed his mother Umm Amin and his previous life in the capital of Wales, where he worked ice cream.
The fate of his brother Nasser remains unclear while his friend Reeyad Khan was killed by a drone attack in 2015.
Aseel Muthana (photo) left Wales in February 2014 for Syria, 17 years old, and followed his brother and another friend in joining the jihadist group
& # 39; We stayed with the people you know from the UK and Wales … the Welsh boys … me and my brother and Reeyad, & # 39; said Muthana.
When she was told that the 22-year-old son was still alive, Muthana & # 39; s mother Umm Amin said she & # 39; extreme joy & # 39; felt and urged the authorities to allow him to come home.
Muthana is being held in a secret prison in Syria, where 5,000 prisoners are being held in cells. Senior leaders of the group are among the prisoners.
Muthana & # 39; s mother Umm Amin said she & # 39; extreme joy & # 39; felt that her son was still alive after hearing about his return.
In a statement, she urged the authorities to allow her son to return home.
She said: & # 39; For those who are concerned, and for those with compassionate hearts. We are not against you (Kurdish authorities), but I write with the care that a mother takes care of her children, my husband is sick in hospital with the weight of worries.
& # 39; My little boy was seduced (by ISIS) and brainwashed with ideas that did not belong to him. So that he does not know what is right and what is wrong, dominated and guided by his emotions.
Muthana is being held in a secret prison in Syria (where he is seen on the left, with his back to the camera) where 5,000 prisoners are being held in cells
& # 39; My boy was gentle and gracious and knew no violence and harshness. I appeal to you.
& # 39; I appeal and ask you for forgiveness and safety from those who have destroyed his youth and youth by taking the quickest measures to take him to his father and mother's lap who longs to see him. Pity our situation. & # 39;
Muthana is the newest British ISIS hunter who pleads for mercy after the so-called & # 39; caliphate & # 39; of the terror group earlier this year until nothing had crumbled.
Jihadi bride Shamima Begum last week renewed her plea to return and said that her only role in making the so-called caliphate was & # 39; making baby & # 39; s.
The government has repeatedly refused her request and the then Foreign Minister Sajid Javid deprived her of British citizenship earlier this year.
Another ISIS bride, Tooba Gondal, advocated coming home with her children in an interview that was published over the weekend.
& # 39; I want to encounter justice in a British court. I wish to redeem myself. I would like Britain to apologize and give me another chance, & she said.
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