Family of Virginia man who joined ISIS thought he was on vacation.
When journalists showed up to question the family, they were met with a water hose.
Washington’s Top News reports: A 26-year-old man, who was fighting with the Islamic State group, was seen on social media surrendering to Iraqi Kurdish forces. A photograph of an American driving license said to belong to the ISIS fighter was posted on social media, identifying him as Mohamad Jamal Khweis, 26, of Alexandria. In other reports, the man is identified as Mohammed Jamal Amin.
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Several news organizations, including NBC Washington, arrived at Khweis’s neighborhood on Kelsey Point Circle, behind Edison High School, Monday, in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County.
A man who identified himself as Khweis’s father ordered journalists to stop photographing him, as he declined to answer questions about his son’s apparent involvement with ISIS. Khweis’s father said he was meeting with American officials to determine what they knew about his son’s situation.
When reporters continued to ask questions, the man turned a garden hose on journalists, who were standing on public property. Fairfax County police were summoned, and order was restored.
Eventually, Khweis’s father repeated his grown child’s innocence. “He is my son, he’s a good person, he’s a good son. And I raised my kids in the right way,” the father said.
“That’s him. I cannot believe it,” his uncle, Kamal Khweis, told NBC News, Monday. “He doesn’t even speak Arabic. ISIS? I cannot believe this.”
Kamal Khweis said his nephew had said he was taking a European vacation, and when his family last heard from him he said he was in Greece.
(Via Washington’s Top News)
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