My Journey into the Heart of Terror: Ten Days in the Islamic by Jürgen Todenhöfer

By Jürgen Todenhöfer

An alarming and enlightening first-hand account of what’s particularly occurring in the back of the borders of the Islamic State.

ISIS, IS, the ISLAMIC nation. it is a company that has taken on chilling institutions because of the bad deeds dedicated in its identify. ISIS beheads journalists—and but one, Jürgen Todenhöfer, used to be invited to go to its opponents in Mosul, after months of negotiations. observed by means of his son, Frederic Todenhöfer, who photographed the adventure, he requested them to provide an explanation for their ideals, motivations, and pursuits. This e-book, the main in-depth examine performed at the terror team up to now, is the results of these conversations. My trip into the center of Terror shows how the association grew from its al-Qaeda roots and the function the West has performed, either previous and current. alongside the best way, Todenhöfer deals startling insights into what ISIS thinks, what it wants—and the way it will be defeated. in simple terms by way of figuring out our enemies, Todenhöfer believes, will we strive against ISIS’s radical, un-Islamic imaginative and prescient and the fear and destruction it brings.

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Invasion of Iraq suddenly offered him completely different options. Finally, he could fight the Americans and wage jihad against Shia Muslims, whom he regarded as “apostates” (Muslims considered to be “betrayers of Islam” for apparently having abandoned Islam or questioned any of its fundamental creeds). After the fall of Saddam Hussein, the Shias assumed absolute power in Iraq. Sunnis had previously been highly influential in the government, but the Shias brutally banished them from political life.

My fear is that I might be wounded and then get treated badly or that I might lose an arm or something. Then I wouldn’t be able to fight anymore. That is my fear. Then you fire your gun and perhaps you kill someone. Some people kill. Others don’t. It’s not always easy to kill someone in war. After all, the other person is fighting as well. Let’s assume we want to storm a checkpoint. Before we storm this checkpoint, we fire on it heavily. From a distance of about five hundred meters [yards]. We bombard this checkpoint with everything we have.

Smaller smuggling routes led through Lebanon and later through Iraq. The deliveries were approved by CIA officers. From undisclosed locations, they decided who got which weapons. In this way, the Americans could supposedly ensure that weapons did not go directly to Jabhat al-Nusra or other extremist groups—though they had no control once the weapons passed into Syrian territory. They were aware that the weapons would eventually end up with terrorist groups—as was anyone with even a passing knowledge of the military situation in Syria.

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