Politics & Policy

Frenchman Wants to Quit ISIS Because His iPod Broke

“My iPod doesn't work any more here. I have to come back.”

A French jihadist fighting for the Islamic State in Syria said he wants to quit and return home immediately — because his iPod broke.

“I’m fed up. My iPod doesn’t work any more here. I have to come back,” he wrote in a letter to his parents back home, according to an article in The Telegraph.

He’s not the only Frenchman to have missed the comforts of home while supporting terrorism abroad.

Last month, a French jihadist who was sent to prison for his involvement with the Islamic State said he came home because he couldn’t handle the strict ban on smoking cigarettes:

“I had brought Nicorette gum with me, but it wasn’t enough,” 27-year-old ex-militant Flavien Moreau testified during his trial. “So, I left my gun with my emir and I left.”

The iPod complaint was found in a French newspaper, Le Figaro, which published a series of letters from Frenchmen fighting in Syria asking for advice on how to get out.

According to the Telegraph, there are more than 300 French jihadists currently fighting in Syria. 

— Katherine Timpf is a reporter at National Review Online.

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