Ibrahim Doghri smokes a cigarette in his low-income neighborhood of Mhamdiya near Tunis, Tunisia.
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The man stands furtively on a street corner near the broad avenue cutting through Tunis, his face masked by a hoodie, his tense eyes scanning the workday crowd for any hint of ISIS militants.One day the family received a message from that he was in Turkey and would soon cross over into Syria.Then Youssef lost his glasses and became useless to ISIS as a fighter in Syria, according to his brother Mehdi. ISIS works to prevent recruits from leaving from the time they join.ISIS propaganda videos, for example, have highlighted French fighters burning their passports and leaving infidel life behind.Another Tunisian recruit, Ali, said he stayed in a camp with about 500 people for two months in the winter of 2013, eating little, bathing less, and following orders to go ambush soldiers in the nearby mountains.Britain has arrested 165 returnees, after about 600 went to Syria.French lawyer Martin Pradel said his client is one of 10 men from Strasbourg who left for Syria last winter after seeing images of victims thought to have been killed by chemical weapons from Assad's government.Pierre Dunac, the lawyer for Imad Jjebali, said the men went to Syria in hopes of helping civilians.
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