It's summer. Your kid (male or female) just turned 18 and is starting college in September. They tell you they're going to Bodrum, Turkey with some friends for a vacation. When they're there they answer your calls, everything seems normal.
Then they stop answering completely. Their friends don't either. The year passes without a word from them.
The next October, you get an email from one of the friends. He explains everything: in Bodrum they meet a woman from ISIS, she tells them about Islam, how life is free of sin and corruption in the Islamic State, her love for Allah, how they'll be awarded with jariyehs and all kinds of beauty when they go to Jannah, etc. So they decide to convert to Islam by reciting al-Shahada and go to Sirnak, a border province between Turkey and Syria, and enter Syria at a weak spot.
There, they swear to loyalty and go into training to become suicide bombers when the time comes. He says that they adapted to life there, learned Arabic and they all live in a house with 3 other militants. They used to be 4, but one of them went to Turkey for a bombing. He thinks it was Ankara. Cigarettes are outlawed, the "secret police" give people tickets for traffic violations and he witnessed a man being pushed off a building because they suspected he could be homosexual. Their female friend that settled in another house works in producing black niqabs that women are required to wear. He says that the reason he was able to send the email was that he started working in a place where they prepared and sold propganda CDs for ISIS and he felt like he had to tell you.
What would you do?
Most Helpful Guy
Unless I have a shit-ton of money to hire the Kurds to help me get him / her back - I'm kinda fucked here.
Go to the FBI and tell 'em everything I know... that's first.
Other than that... since I'm retired active military and still work for the military as a civilian... I'd talk to every friend I have in JSOC, to see what kind of info they could give me on my kid's location. If I know the kid's location, maybe they can figure out a way to get him out... but probably not.
I mean Jesus... you've created a "Kobiashi Maru" scenario here. Really no way to win here.3
Most Helpful Girl
Dang that would mean I f'd up as a parent for my child to blindly believe anything anyone has to say about anything then to go and change their life drastically.
Hopefully I'll be a much much much MUCH better parent than that.
Since the child still contacts me, I'd talk to him a lot and try to talk some sense into him. If I try my absolute best and nothing seems to work. I'd tell the FBI or something.1