American ISIS defector describes life inside a training camp, how he escaped

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Lured to Syria by the promise of a pure Islamic state, Mo only lasted a few months before he escaped to Turkey and asked for help at the U.S. consulate.

"I've let my family down, I've let my nation down, and I've let God down, and I have a lot to make up for," he told Richard Engel of NBC News. The 27-year-old American citizen asked to be identified only as Mo, and he shared with Engel what it was like to be part of ISIS in 2014. Mo dropped out of Columbia University and said he became enthralled by ISIS propaganda he found online. After the FBI showed up at his house to discuss his online activities, Mo took his savings and went to Turkey, then slipped into Syria to attend an ISIS training camp.

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