TSG Report Cited on CNN: ISIS Behind the Mask
April 3, 2017

ISIS Behind the Mask

By: Clarissa Ward


With his blue eyes, brown hair and beaming smile, young Michael Delefortrie looked every inch the angelic altar boy. But fast forward twenty years, and Michael had changed his name to Younnes, traded his Christian faith for Islam, and the sleepy Belgian suburb he’d grown up in for the front lines of ISIS’ war in Syria.

Now, back in Belgium, he still expresses open support for the group’s warped ideology and says he wishes he could return to the group’s self-proclaimed Islamic State …

Delefortrie is one of more than 5,000 people who have left Western Europe to join ISIS’ campaign in Syria and Iraq, according to The Soufan Group


Download The Soufan Group’s updated report on Foreign Fighters here.


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