An American ISIS widow whose son appeared in propaganda videos has defended buying Yazidi sex slaves in Syria and says she dreams of returning to the US with her four children to eat McDonalds.
Sam El Hassani, also known as Samantha Sally, is currently in a Kurdish prison in Syria with her children after being taken into custody following ISIS’s collapse in Raqqa.
The 32-year-old’s ISIS-fighting husband Moussa El Hassani was killed last year in a drone strike.
In an interview from prison with CNN, El Hassani spoke of her life in the Caliphate as a ‘prisoner’ and said her husband once took her to a Yazidi slave market so they could help keep her and the children company while he was off fighting.
American Sam El Hassani, also known as Samantha Sally, is currently in a Kurdish prison in Syria with her children after being taken into custody following ISIS’s collapse in Raqqa
Over time, she said the couple bought two female teenage slaves and a young boy.
El Hassani said her husband repeatedly raped the two girls but she defended her decision to purchase them because she offered them protection.
‘In every house that she was in before that was the same situation, but she did not have the support of someone like me,’ El Hassani told CNN.
‘I would never apologize for bringing those girls to my house. They had me and I had them.
‘In any other situation they would be locked in a bedroom and fed tea every day. We cooked together, we cleaned together. Drank coffee together. Slept in the same room together. I was like their mother.’
She said her children also became victims, especially her son Matthew who became the subject of ISIS propaganda videos in which he vowed revenge on US President Donald Trump.
The married couple had been living in Elkhart, Indiana with two children when Sam claims her husband lured them to ISIS in Syria
Her son Matthew’s face was seen around the world in the 2017 propaganda video where he called Trump ‘ a puppet of the Jews’ and threatened terror attacks on the US
Sam and Moussa El Hassani married in Indiana in 2011 (above). They lived there for five years before she claims she was tricked into moving to Syria for ISIS
While the family now waits for US authorities to decide their fate, El Hassani said she is desperate to get her children out.
‘I will do anything to get my kids back where they belong,’ she said. ‘If I have to spend 15 years in prison, it’s better than anything here.
‘Me and my kids we talk about wanting to eat McDonald’s.
‘We want to live a normal life again.’
In an interview for a recent Frontline documentary, El Hassani said she had no desire to go back to the US.
El Hassani said that she was forced to live in the Caliphate as a ‘prisoner’ by her husband and that she was beaten, raped and tortured.
Sam said she and Moussa were living in Elkhart, Indiana with her son Matthew – who is from her first marriage to a US soldier – and their daughter Sarah when they started planning a new life in his native Morocco.
El Hassani had two more children with Moussa while living in Raqqa.
The 32-year-old claims her husband had told her they were going on a holiday to Hong Kong and Turkey to help transfer the money they would need to make the permanent move.
She said they ended up on the Turkey-Syria border. El Hassani claims her husband was holding their daughter and she felt she had no choice but to follow him into Syria.
El Hassani said once they were in Syria their marriage changed and her husband became violent. She says she feared divorcing him and was once held in an ISIS prison while she was pregnant for trying to escape.
El Hassani claims her husband Moussa, pictured in the US before joining ISIS, became radicalized and tricked her into taking their children to ISIS in Syria
El Hassani (above prior to moving to Syria) said once they were in Syria their marriage changed and her husband became violent. She says she feared divorcing him