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Mothers Call on Children Who Have Joined IS to Come Home

  • Associated Press

The families of missing British girls Amira Abase and Shamima Begum pose for a picture after being interviewed by the media in central London, Feb. 22, 2015.

The families of missing British girls Amira Abase and Shamima Begum pose for a picture after being interviewed by the media in central London, Feb. 22, 2015.

A group of mothers whose children have joined the extremist Islamic State group are reaching out online to persuade their sons and daughters to return.

In an open letter posted to social media websites Wednesday, the group Mothers for Life says young men and women who have traveled to Syria and Iraq should remember that Islam requires them to honor their parents and spare them suffering.

The mothers, who come from seven countries including Canada, France and the United States, also want to help other families struggling to bring their children home.

Calgary mother Chris Boudreau, whose son Damian was killed in Syria last year, says the idea is to "fight fire with fire'' because IS has been using social media to lure vulnerable youngsters away from their families.

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