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Turks leave for “family-friendly” Islamic State; cite rampant sex, crime, drugs in Turkey as reasons

Ummi Abdullah's experience illustrates the pull of the self-styled caliphate straddling Iraq and Syria.

By: Associated Press | Istanbul |
September 24, 2014 3:46:14 pm
In this Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 photo, car salesman Sahin Aktan's family photos, his ex-wife Asiya Ummi Abdullah and their son Destan, are shown during an interview at his lawyer's office in Istanbul, Turkey. Aktan, 44, is the ex-husband of Asiya Ummi Abdullah, a 24-year-old Muslim convert who took their child to the territory controlled by Islamic State. (Source: AP) In this Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 photo, car salesman Sahin Aktan’s family photos, his ex-wife Asiya Ummi Abdullah and their son Destan, are shown during an interview at his lawyer’s office in Istanbul, Turkey. Aktan, 44, is the ex-husband of Asiya Ummi Abdullah, a 24-year-old Muslim convert who took their child to the territory controlled by Islamic State. (Source: AP)

24-year-old Muslim convert explains to The Associated Press her decision to move with her toddler to the territory controlled by the Islamic State group, saying it offers them protection from the sex, crime, drugs and alcohol that she sees as rampant in Turkey.

“The children of that country see all this and become either murderers or delinquents or homosexuals or thieves,” Asiya Umi Abdullah wrote in one of several Facebook messages.

Ummi Abdullah’s experience illustrates the pull of the self-styled caliphate straddling Iraq and Syria that has sent shockwaves around the world with its bloodthirsty campaign, and advertises itself as a family-friendly place.

It also shows how even in modern Turkey families are dropping everything to find salvation in what one academic describes as a “false heaven.”

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