CHICAGO (CBS) — The parents of a Bolingbrook teenager accused of trying to join the Islamic State in Syria said the terrorist group is “brainwashing” youth through social media, and condemned ISIS for “unspeakable acts of horror”
Shortly after her son pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges, Zarine Khan tearfully denounced the Islamic State, and last week’s deadly terrorist attack on a Paris newspaper, which has been tied to both ISIS and al Qaeda.
“We condemn the brutal tactics of ISIS and groups like it, and we condemn the brainwashing and recruiting of children through the use of social media and Internet,” she said, her voice trembling with emotion.
With her husband and her son’s attorney at her side, Zarine Khan said she felt compelled to speak out against the “unspeakable acts of horror” committed in France last week.
“The venom spewed by these groups, and the violence committed by them find no support in the Koran, and are completely at odds with our Islamic faith. We condemn this violence in the strongest possible terms,” she said.