Place of Birth: Italy;
Alice Brignoli, born in Erba and residing in Bulciago (Lecco), is investigated for the crime of association with the aim of international terrorism.
She traveled in 2015 with her Moroccan-born husband, Mohamed Koraichi, and their three young children by car from their home north of Milan to Islamic State-controlled territory. Another child was born in Syria.
The children, now 11, 8, 6 and 4, were in foster care pending a decision by an Italian juvenile court. Authorities say Brignoli will face trial on terror-related charges.
Brignoli contributed to the radicalization of the children, turning them against the West and thereby embracing the cause of global jihadism.
The children have family members in Italy and that their experience with other children returning from Islamic State territory – notably an 11-year-old Albanian boy Alvin Berisha who was brought back to Italy last November – has showed that indoctrinations can be reversed.
Brignoli came back to Italy willingly, convinced it was the best choice after the conditions she had lived in over the last 5 years.
After Islamic State lost its territorial foothold, Brignoli and her children were captured by Kurdish forces and brought to a camp for displaced people in Al-Hol.
Her husband was also in the camp as a prisoner. Authorities said he died from an intestinal infection.
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