Middle East

French family tries to get second son back from Syria

BEIRUT: A family in France has secured the return of one son from fighting in Syria, as it tries to convince his brother to also leave the country. 

Television station RFI said Thursday that the boys’ father, Abderakaz Cherif, from the city of Nice, was originally told by his sons that they were going to a nightclub, but that they never returned home. Instead, the two, 16 and 23, wound up fighting with an Al-Qaeda militant group in Syria. 

The father searched for their whereabouts for six months until the younger son contacted him via social media, the report said. The youngster, now 17, was finally persuaded to return and was arrested upon his return. Cherif said the hoped to convince his older son to also return, but that he remained hesitant, unless the younger boy’s legal case is resolved in satisfactory fashion.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on July 04, 2014, on page 8.




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