As the Turks and Syrians close in from opposite directions, these women and their children don’t expect much sympathy, but they don’t want to die.
Anne Speckhard, Ph.D., is an adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine and Director of the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE). She has interviewed over 500 terrorists, their family members and supporters in various parts of the world including Gaza, the West Bank, Chechnya, Iraq, Jordan, Turkey, the Balkans, the former Soviet Union and many countries in Europe. She is the author of several books, including Talking to Terrorists and ISIS Defectors: Inside Stories of the Terrorist Caliphate. Follow @AnneSpeckhard
The Kurds are not entirely defenseless. They’ve been preparing for what they had long anticipated—a possible betrayal by their closest ally, the United States.
When it comes to American children taken into ISIS, it seems the mother’s rights are fully respected while the rights of her innocent American children are not.