Sons Ismail and Emre

Sons Ismail and Emre

“Mama, Send Some Money” A Family’s Journey from Cologne to the Islamic State

Their sons moved from Cologne to the war in Syria. They kept slaves and rose up the ranks of Islamic State leadership. Their parents would send them care packages with popcorn and Kalashnikov magazines.
By Özlem Gezer, Sarah Klosterkamp und Timofey Neshitov
Excerpts from the final chat between the son and his father in the spring of 2021:
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Animal lover Ismail and his kittens

Animal lover Ismail and his kittens

Schoolboy Emre in the bedroom her grew up in: "The boys were often alone during that time."

Schoolboy Emre in the bedroom her grew up in: "The boys were often alone during that time."

Excerpts from BKA interrogation of Ismail in Ankara, Turkey, on Feb. 19, 2019
An excerpt from the BKA’s interrogation of Ismail

The S. brothers in Libya in 2012 Video: Private

The S. brothers in Libya in 2012 Video: Private

Weapon parts in the parents luggage in 2013

Weapon parts in the parents luggage in 2013

An excerpt from Sarah’s farewell letter to her parents
Ammunition in Ismail's apartment in Raqqa

Ammunition in Ismail's apartment in Raqqa

Excerpt from a phone call between the mother and Emre on June 23, 2014
Excerpt from Ahmet S.’s timeline
Excerpt from a phone conversation between Ismail and his mother on May 18, 2014
Excerpt from a phone call between Ahmet S. and Perihan S. on Jan. 16, 2014
Excerpt from a phone call between the mother and Emre on Jan. 22, 2014:
Father S. (middle) in Syria

Father S. (middle) in Syria

Telephone call between the father and Ismail on Jan. 24, 2014
Phone conversation between the mother and Ismail on April 26, 2014
The guest room: a Kalashnikov and a hot-water bottle

The guest room: a Kalashnikov and a hot-water bottle

Ismail on a Turkish beach vacation after his return from the war in Syria

Ismail on a Turkish beach vacation after his return from the war in Syria

Phone call between the mother and the grandmother on June 19, 2015
"Ismail is a total bastard. I shot at him."

Emre

Phone call between the mother and the brothers’ grandmother on June 19, 2015
An SMS text message from Sarah to her sister on Sept. 20, 2015:
Excerpts from questioning at the Federal Prosecutor’s Office in October 2019
Excerpts from questioning at the Federal Prosecutor’s Office in October 2019
Excerpt from a chat between Emre and his father in 2017
Emre's first letter from captivity on Oct. 11, 2018
Mother Perihan in Ankara: "The main thing is that they are alive and healthy."

Mother Perihan in Ankara: "The main thing is that they are alive and healthy."

From prison, she wrote Ismail many letters
Emre to his mother from Kurdish captivity, Feb. 18, 2019
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