I'm Not A Monster [I'm Not A Monster] [World Service]

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2021030620210307 (WS)An American mother living in the heart of the ISIS caliphate. Her husband an ISIS sniper. Her 10-year-old son forced to threaten the U.S. president in a propaganda video shown around the world. She claims she was tricked into taking her young children to war-torn Syria, but where does her account end and the truth begin? Over four years journalist Josh Baker unravels a dangerous story where nothing is as it seems. From the depths of Raqqa's infamous torture prison to an elk hunt in Idaho, he uncovers secrets, lies and the lasting consequences.

I'm Not A Monster is the story of one family's journey from Indiana to the Islamic State group and back.

The story of an American mother living in the heart of the ISIS Caliphate.

2021031320210314 (WS)An American mother living in the heart of the ISIS caliphate. Her husband an ISIS sniper. Her 10-year-old son forced to threaten the U.S. president in a propaganda video shown around the world. She claims she was tricked into taking her young children to war-torn Syria, but where does her account end and the truth begin? Over four years journalist Josh Baker unravels a dangerous story where nothing is as it seems. From the depths of Raqqa's infamous torture prison to an elk hunt in Idaho, he uncovers secrets, lies and the lasting consequences.

I'm Not A Monster is the story of one family's journey from Indiana to the Islamic State group and back.

The story of an American mother living in the heart of the ISIS Caliphate.

2021032020210321 (WS)An American mother living in the heart of the ISIS caliphate. Her husband an ISIS sniper. Her 10-year-old son forced to threaten the U.S. president in a propaganda video shown around the world. She claims she was tricked into taking her young children to war-torn Syria, but where does her account end and the truth begin? Over four years journalist Josh Baker unravels a dangerous story where nothing is as it seems. From the depths of Raqqa's infamous torture prison to an elk hunt in Idaho, he uncovers secrets, lies and the lasting consequences.

I'm Not A Monster is the story of one family's journey from Indiana to the Islamic State group and back.

The story of an American mother living in the heart of the ISIS Caliphate.

2021032720210328 (WS)An American mother living in the heart of the ISIS caliphate. Her husband an ISIS sniper. Her 10-year-old son forced to threaten the U.S. president in a propaganda video shown around the world. She claims she was tricked into taking her young children to war-torn Syria, but where does her account end and the truth begin? Over four years journalist Josh Baker unravels a dangerous story where nothing is as it seems. From the depths of Raqqa's infamous torture prison to an elk hunt in Idaho, he uncovers secrets, lies and the lasting consequences.

I'm Not A Monster is the story of one family's journey from Indiana to the Islamic State group and back.

The story of an American mother living in the heart of the ISIS Caliphate.

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An American mother living in the heart of the ISIS caliphate. Her husband an ISIS sniper. Her 10-year-old son forced to threaten the U.S. president in a propaganda video shown around the world. She claims she was tricked into taking her young children to war-torn Syria, but where does her account end and the truth begin? Over four years journalist Josh Baker unravels a dangerous story where nothing is as it seems. From the depths of Raqqa's infamous torture prison to an elk hunt in Idaho, he uncovers secrets, lies and the lasting consequences.

I'm Not A Monster is the story of one family's journey from Indiana to the Islamic State group and back.

The story of an American mother living in the heart of the ISIS Caliphate.

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An American mother living in the heart of the ISIS caliphate. Her husband an ISIS sniper. Her 10-year-old son forced to threaten the U.S. president in a propaganda video shown around the world. She claims she was tricked into taking her young children to war-torn Syria, but where does her account end and the truth begin? Over four years journalist Josh Baker unravels a dangerous story where nothing is as it seems. From the depths of Raqqa's infamous torture prison to an elk hunt in Idaho, he uncovers secrets, lies and the lasting consequences.

I'm Not A Monster is the story of one family's journey from Indiana to the Islamic State group and back.

The story of an American mother living in the heart of the ISIS Caliphate.

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An American mother living in the heart of the ISIS caliphate. Her husband an ISIS sniper. Her 10-year-old son forced to threaten the U.S. president in a propaganda video shown around the world. She claims she was tricked into taking her young children to war-torn Syria, but where does her account end and the truth begin? Over four years journalist Josh Baker unravels a dangerous story where nothing is as it seems. From the depths of Raqqa's infamous torture prison to an elk hunt in Idaho, he uncovers secrets, lies and the lasting consequences.

I'm Not A Monster is the story of one family's journey from Indiana to the Islamic State group and back.

The story of an American mother living in the heart of the ISIS Caliphate.

1. I Love You, I Miss You2021022020210221 (WS)A suicide bombing in Iraq and a home video from inside the ISIS caliphate begin the search for a family trapped in Syria. A desperate plea arrives from an American woman who says she wants to escape the Islamic State group with her young children. This episode includes descriptions of violence and some upsetting scenes involving children.

An American mother sends a desperate plea for help from inside the ISIS caliphate.

The story of an American mother living in the heart of the ISIS Caliphate.

A suicide bombing in Iraq and a home video from inside the ISIS caliphate begin the search for a family trapped in Syria. A desperate plea arrives from an American woman who says she wants to escape the Islamic State group with her young children. This episode includes descriptions of violence and some upsetting scenes involving children.

An American mother sends a desperate plea for help from inside the ISIS caliphate.

The story of an American mother living in the heart of the ISIS Caliphate.

02Read Between The Lines2021022720210228 (WS)A man who says he's a people smuggler offers to help the family, while a drive around a suburb in Indiana reveals their past. Sam's father adds a new twist on who his daughter really is.

This episode includes descriptions of violence and some upsetting moments involving children.

CREDITS:
Reporter: Josh Baker
Written by: Josh Baker and Joe Kent
Producers: Joe Kent and Max Green
Production assistant: Lucie Sullivan
Mixed by Tom Brignell
Composer: Sam Slater
Series Editor: Emma Rippon

Commissioning Executive: Dylan Haskins
Commissioning Editor: Jason Phipps

ARCHIVE:
Fox News: ISIS uses purported American boy in latest propaganda video (August 2017)
CBS News: ISIS claims boy in propaganda video is American (August 2017)

“I'm Not a Monster” is a collaboration between BBC Panorama and FRONTLINE (PBS) and is a BBC Radio Current Affairs production for BBC Sounds.

A man claiming to be a smuggler offers to help the family, but all it not as it seems

The story of an American mother living in the heart of the ISIS Caliphate.

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An American mother living in the heart of the ISIS caliphate. Her husband an ISIS sniper. Her 10-year-old son forced to threaten the U.S. president in a propaganda video shown around the world. She claims she was tricked into taking her young children to war-torn Syria, but where does her account end and the truth begin? Over four years journalist Josh Baker unravels a dangerous story where nothing is as it seems. From the depths of Raqqa's infamous torture prison to an elk hunt in Idaho, he uncovers secrets, lies and the lasting consequences.

I'm Not A Monster is the story of one family's journey from Indiana to the Islamic State group and back.

The story of an American mother living in the heart of the ISIS Caliphate.