Aug 27, 2019 · Samantha Sally is 34 years old, and her sister loves her. Sam has made some mistakes. Lori made mistakes too. Sam’s happened to be colossal mistakes, and with the wrong guy.Estimated Reading Time: 6 mins
Nov 26, 2019 · Samantha Marie Elhassani, aka Samantha Sally, 34, formerly of Elkhart, Indiana, pleaded guilty yesterday to a one-count Information charging her with concealment of terrorism financing in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2339C.Estimated Reading Time: 4 mins
Dec 03, 2020 · Sam Sally and her husband Mousa (Photo: BBC) Descending beneath the stadium, the beams from our torches revealed the names of those who had …Estimated Reading Time: 5 mins
Dec 15, 2020 · In November 2020, Sam Sally, also known as Sam Elhassani, was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison for financing terrorism — making …Author: Patrice Taddonio
Apr 19, 2018 · For Samantha Sally, a vacation was all it took to flip her quiet middle-American world into the horror of the ritual beatings, serial rape and torture in ISIS's so-called caliphate.Estimated Reading Time: 7 mins
Nov 23, 2020 · Matthew's mother, Samantha Sally, was then able to pay people smugglers to get herself and her four children out of IS territory, with Matthew hidden …Estimated Reading Time: 6 mins
Nov 10, 2020 · One year after they met each other, Sam married Moussa in July 2012 in a small ceremony in Indiana.
Nov 10, 2020 · Samantha Marie Elhassani, formerly Samantha Sally, was sentenced to 78 months in prison and three years of supervised release, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ). Elhassani pleaded guilty to pleading guilty to financially supporting terrorism, the DOJ announced.
Jun 07, 2019 · Sally hopes that her sister and her children do get the help they need. But in Sally’s opinion, Samantha Elhassani should be in prison right now.
But that was not enough. Great TV is meant to be challenging. Lori lost it. Even we police officers don't feel safe on smart motorways, so how can any driver? Durkin has experience with terrorism cases. Sign up and get all of i's film, TV and book reviews in one place, every week Email address is invalid Thank you for subscribing! Miriam was one year old, and Ishmael was two. Richard could be a fierce disciplinarian. But Sally insists she thought nothing was amiss before she reached the Turkish border town of Sanliurfa. FAVE, a volunteer organization, has done the same for other families whose relatives have been exposed to or joined violent extremist groups, linking those families to lawyers, social workers, mental health providers and other contacts, Bain said. I would have to say one word and then they would make me say another in Arabic. I leave it to listeners of the podcast to make up their own minds. Sally added: "They learned the script but it was grueling. Press Release Number:. Underneath: pain, and a deep-seated need for acceptance. She was just so heartbroken and so broken in general because of what happened to her. This had happened before, but this time Lori knew, somehow, in that way only sisters know, that Sam was leaving for good. Prince Andrew laid bare by Wikileaks: How the Duke of York ranted about journalists who 'poke their noses Sam wanted more. As the US-led coalition intensified its airstrikes on Raqqa, a bomb hit a neighbouring house, which collapsed on to the family home, leaving Matthew to feel his way out through the rubble and dust. That was Sam, pretending to be Lori. Today's headlines Most Read Driver pulls 'knife' on motorist who runs into him during forecourt row as petrol crisis deepens with Boris Tahsin Shahwan. The last time Sally saw her sister and nephew in person before learning that they were in Syria was in late One warm summer night a few days after Sam moved to Elkhart, Moussa took her to a small man-made waterfall in High Dive park. Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves fighting to restore Labour credibility after Corbyn's anti-capitalist She claims he had convinced her to move to Morocco for a better life with the children, but they needed to go to Hong Kong first to transfer money. Viabox, also known as Viaddress, was run out of multiple warehouses in Elkhart, including on on Corwin Street. She had just escaped Isis with her children. Two broken ribs. In his interview, Matthew said he was given no choice but to take part in the video, because of his stepfather's outbursts of anger. Whereas Lori was content to stay home alone with a book, Sam yearned for a life outside the confines of their strict religious upbringing, and delighted in rebelling against their parents in a way Lori found foreign. Then there were the rooms used for solitary confinement: tight boxes barely wide enough for one person. The Department of Justice said she also procured tactical gear and provided funds to support her husband and brother-in-law in joining ISIS. We stopped immediately. The plastic tent was about the size of a large closet. And that pair of puckering blue lips tattooed on her neck. She had multiple piercings in each ear, and one in her nose. By Valerie Edwards For Dailymail. Sam gave birth to a son, Ishmael, and in she had Miriam. Kim Jong Un's North Korea fires ballistic missile into the sea despite his sister offering hope for summit Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites. Contact us Sign up for newsletters. All I could do was talk. He was extremely violent. Moussa had come to the U. But the prosecution accepted that there was no evidence that Sally herself had supported the group ideologically. The couple had three children together, Sarah, the eldest, and Miriam and Ishmael, who were both born in Raqqa after Moussa forced her to move there, she claimed.
I woke to the sound of gunfire. A quick glance at the soldier across the room from me gave little cause for alarm, though. He remained asleep on the floor even as the gunfire grew louder and more intense. It was an Isis suicide bomb. Moments later, it detonated right outside. The building collapsed. We were enveloped in a cloud of dust and brick. Unlike many of the people who lived on that street, we eventually made it out. Back in the UK with countless tiny bits of shrapnel buried beneath my scalp and a fractured spine, I was starting my recovery when an old contact called to see if I was OK. He wanted to meet. Days later, while chatting, he mentioned an American woman called Sam Sally who was trapped in Raqqa and wanted to escape. The Syrian city was the jewel in the self-declared Isis caliphate, but eventually fell to a US-led coalition in October , leaving thousands dead. Sally had crossed from Turkey into Isis-controlled Syria two-and-a-half years earlier — what had become of her? In December , I travelled to Syria and eventually found Sally after days of searching, in the custody of a US-backed Kurdish militia. She had just escaped Isis with her children. She claimed she had been tricked into travelling to Syria by her husband, Moussa, who had told her they were going to start a new life in the country of his birth, Morocco. They stopped off in Turkey for a brief holiday, she claimed, that led instead to Raqqa. She insisted she had not joined Isis, had suffered greatly and had tried to escape. Could that be true? Entering the city, I was confronted by a scene of complete destruction. The four-month battle for Raqqa left nothing unscathed. The threat of homemade bombs and Isis sleeper cells — people still loyal to the group, hiding amongst the population and waiting to carry out attacks — was very real. Driving across the city, I found a house where Sally said she had lived, down a dusty dirt track. As I got out of our car, a man smoking a cigarette — which had been banned under Isis — walked towards me. The man told me how Sally would sneak into his courtyard to have cigarettes with his wife. Other neighbours confirmed similar details. She had wanted to escape, one said, but Isis had taken her to its infamous prison, known as the Black Stadium. I found the football ground on the other side of the city. It had once played host to 15, fans, but Isis had converted the changing rooms for torture. Sally claimed she was held here for two months. I was at this point seven months pregnant with my son. What went on is too dark to be forgotten or wiped from history. Descending beneath the stadium, the beams from our torches revealed the names of those who had been held here, Russian, English, Syrian, Iraqi. The list seemed endless. One room revealed metal bed frames with wires strung across for electrocution. In another there were chains where people could be hung from the ceiling. Then there were the rooms used for solitary confinement: tight boxes barely wide enough for one person. In November , a year after being flown back to the US, Sally took a plea deal. She admitted supporting her husband to join Isis and to financing terrorism. But the prosecution accepted that there was no evidence that Sally herself had supported the group ideologically. I remember that while my guide, Mustafa, and I were driving out of Raqqa, we passed a Ferris wheel. We stopped immediately. I leave it to listeners of the podcast to make up their own minds. Log In. Contact us Sign up for newsletters. Log In Register now My account. By Joshua Baker. Sign up and get all of i's film, TV and book reviews in one place, every week Email address is invalid Thank you for subscribing! Sorry, there was a problem. More from Culture. Music Analysis Vinyl production meltdown has star names battling to get Christmas albums in stores. Culture The Vigil finale was a disappointing anti-climax to an otherwise gripping - and fun - thriller. Great TV is meant to be challenging.
Richard could be a fierce disciplinarian. Samantha and Lori Sally grew up outside Springdale, Arkansas a small industrial city where Tyson Foods, the massive chicken company, has its headquarters. She claims he had convinced her to move to Morocco for a better life with the children, but they needed to go to Hong Kong first to transfer money. For Sam, it was now the opposite: Everything happened too fast. Yet it is the believability of her story -- that of the pliable and then abused housewife, turned savior of three child slaves -- upon which her and her children's fate surely hinges, as US authorities decide their next steps. She claimed she was then taken to Black Stadium, a former soccer stadium in central Raqqa, and was subjected to beatings, rape and torture there. By Valerie Edwards For Dailymail. Moussa was creating chaos, and amid that chaos she lost her power to think. And there was nothing I could do about it. Justice News Department of Justice. Sam and Moussa get married. All that way, from Raqqa to Deir ez-Zur to the Kurdish red line, Sam had kept a 9 millimeter glock loaded and chambered under her hijab in case anything went wrong. Years later, after Sam had married a man from Morocco and moved to Syria and watched her husband join ISIS and escaped and ended up in jail, her friends from her previous life talked to CNN. We were like best friends. Before he moved the family to Syria, Moussa began taking Samantha's son to a local shooting range in Indiana. The building collapsed. Northern Syria CNN For Samantha Sally, a vacation was all it took to flip her quiet middle-American world of muscle cars, cotton candy and an Indiana packing company, into the horror of the ritual beatings, serial rape, torture and propaganda videos of ISIS's so-called Caliphate. Travis Snider, Elkhart police spokesman, said in an email. How R. Covid lockdowns made Britons think LESS about other people and their future, study claims Will this year's jab protect us from a deadly flu epidemic? One warm summer night a few days after Sam moved to Elkhart, Moussa took her to a small man-made waterfall in High Dive park. Great TV is meant to be challenging. January Lori receives a message from Sam, telling her she and the kids are in Raqqa and Moussa has been injured. At the time Elhassani transported the money and gold, she knew that her husband and brother-in-law had expressed an interest in joining ISIS and that they intended to use these resources to support ISIS. It was always 'no, my husband is right. You understand? FAVE, a volunteer organization, has done the same for other families whose relatives have been exposed to or joined violent extremist groups, linking those families to lawyers, social workers, mental health providers and other contacts, Bain said. Following him was the only way to protect her daughter, she says. After she crossed the border from Turkey to Syria with Moussa and her children, Sam was put into a dormitory with other women while her husband completed mandatory ISIS military and religious training. In , she spoke to CNN from a refugee camp in Northern Syria where she was living with her children. The case is being prosecuted by the U. I can't tell you anything but we just need to get out of here, we need to get out of here, we need to get out of here quick. While they were in Syria, Sally tried to get any information that she could about where her sister and her children were and how they were doing. The children were placed with the Department of Child Services when Elhassani was first arrested. It was like quicksand. Matthew, sitting next to his mother throughout her interview, chimes in: "It was a very bad beating. Even we police officers don't feel safe on smart motorways, so how can any driver? Back to top Home News U. I remember that while my guide, Mustafa, and I were driving out of Raqqa, we passed a Ferris wheel. Drank coffee together. And then she comes to you -- me -- after crying and I hold her and tell her it's going to be OK. Lori lost it. They brought them to what had become known as the Black Stadium, a former soccer stadium in central Raqqa where executions and beheadings were put on public display. The family lived in a small home on the outskirts of Raqqa. She claimed he was sweet and loving when they first met, but he soon became physically and emotionally abusive towards her. When Sam walked into the lime green-painted living room of the safehouse, Abdelaziz and the CNN team were surprised. My office is committed to prosecuting those who provide support to terrorist organizations. Backlash at 'on manoeuvres' Andy Burnham as Starmer allies accuse him of 'swanning off' to run Manchester Sally continued: "And no, no one will ever know what it is like to watch their husband rape a year-old girl.
By Valerie Edwards For Dailymail. Simon to the prison term, as well as three years of supervised release, after pleading guilty to financing terrorism, officials said. Elhassani struck a plea agreement in with federal prosecutors who agreed to drop more serious conspiracy charges against her and to request a more lenient sentence. Last year, Elhassani told authorities that when her husband and his brother intended to join ISIS, she made three trips to Hong Kong between November and April According to the Justice Department, Elhassani melted down the gold to look like jewelry and did not disclose the cash and gold on customs declaration forms. She has been in federal custody since July , when a military cargo transport plane moved her and her children to Gary, Indiana from Syria. The children were placed with the Department of Child Services when Elhassani was first arrested. Defense attorneys claimed Elhassani spent 'two horrific years' in ISIS-controlled Raqqa before she lived in Syrian refugee camps with her four children, where she was interviewed by the FBI on several occasions. Elhassani met her husband, Moussa pictured together in an undated photo in her hometown in as one of his brothers, Yassin, was married to her sister, Lori. Elhassani his pictured with her four children, Matthew, Sarah, Ishmael and Miriam at a camp in Northern Syria with her children in April At the time she had given an interview to journalists from CNN about her situation. They are now back in the US. Elhassani's husband was killed in Syria, with Elhassani claiming he died in an airstrike while fighting for ISIS in The couple had three children together, Sarah, the eldest, and Miriam and Ishmael, who were both born in Raqqa after Moussa forced her to move there, she claimed. Elhassani also has her son, Matthew, 11, from a previous relationship. He lives in Florida. He also traveled to Syria with the couple and was forced by ISIS soldiers to appear in sickening propaganda videos in which he threatened attacks against the West. Her attorney, Thomas Durkin, said her case is 'quite different from any other national security case' he dealt with and that she was forced to go to Syria. The government argued that Elhassani knew what she was doing when she decided to travel into dangerous territory with her children. The indictment stated that from the fall of through the summer of , Elhassani provided material support and resources to ISIS knowing that the organization was a designated terrorist organization. Elhassani was also charged with aiding and abetting two individuals in providing themselves as personnel to ISIS. The Department of Justice said she also procured tactical gear and provided funds to support her husband and brother-in-law in joining ISIS. Moussa had moved to the US from Rabat, Morocco, in the early s and had studied engineering at Fresno State University, He became radicalized years later. One year after they met each other, Elhassani married Moussa in July , pictured , in a small ceremony in Indiana. She claimed he was sweet and loving when they first met, but he soon became physically and emotionally abusive towards her. Elhassani met her husband in her hometown in as one of his brothers, Yassin, was married to her sister, Lori. He never graduated from college but had moved to Indiana to help Yassin with his shipping company, ViaAddress. One year after they met each other, Sam married Moussa in July in a small ceremony in Indiana. In , she spoke to CNN from a refugee camp in Northern Syria where she was living with her children. She claimed Moussa had told her they were going on holiday when she went with him to Hong Kong in She claims he had convinced her to move to Morocco for a better life with the children, but they needed to go to Hong Kong first to transfer money. I was like a prisoner in the room. He separated me from my family. I could not see that he was the one that was wrong. It was always "no, my husband is right. Elhassani, pictured , claims her husband convinced her to move to Morocco for a cheaper life with the children but they needed to go to Hong Kong first to transfer money. The couple went to Turkey from Hong Kong for what Elhassani believed to be a romantic getaway where he gave her presents. But she claims she soon ended up crossing the Turkish border with Syria after being forced by Moussa, who was later killed in Syria. Syrian government forces walk past the bodies of reported members of the Islamic State group who were killed during a battle with regime forces in the area. The couple later went to Turkey from Hong Kong for what Sally believed to be a romantic getaway where he gave her presents. She claimed they then arrived at the Turkish border with Syria, on the edge of ISIS territory and she claimed she was forced to enter the war-ravaged country as she feared Moussa would take her daughter without her. Elhassani was also imprisoned by ISIS for trying to escape and for alleged espionage. Inside the so-called Caliphate regime, Elhassani claimed her life changed drastically and Moussa became unrecognizable to her. She claims he bought Yazidi slaves who he argued would help her in the home while he was on the front fighting. He 'bought' two teenage girls called Soad and Bedrine and raped both of them in the house. Elhassani told CNN of one of the girls: 'In every house that she was in before that was the same situation, but she did not have the support of someone like me.