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UK, Aussie jihadists call to join ISIS militants in Iraq, Syria

Published time: June 20, 2014 15:15
A screenshot from YouTube video by الإعلام الجهادي ("Jihadist media")

A screenshot from YouTube video by الإعلام الجهادي ("Jihadist media")

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is hoping to recruit Muslims from across the globe with the aid of YouTube appeals from English-speaking jihadists. UK, Australian nationals are among the ISIS militants calling to support the insurgency in Iraq.

Titled “There Is No Life Without Jihad,” the new propaganda clip uploaded to YouTube by ISIS’s AlHayat Media Center allegedly shows a line-up of militants who came to Syria and later to Iraq from all over the world.

READ MORE: Things you need to know about ISIS and what is happening in Iraq

“We have brothers from Bangladesh, from Iraq, from Cambodia, Australia and the UK,” says a militant called Abu Muthanna al-Yemeni, who himself comes from Britain, according to a video caption.

The man attempts to persuade other Muslims to “answer the call of Allah and his messenger when he calls you to what gives you life” and join the jihad – apparently interpreting the term as armed insurgency aimed at creating an Islamic state based on Sharia law.

The militant cites the Prophet Mohammed saying that “the land of Sham [Syria] is the best of lands,” and that, according to him, explains why so many “muhajedeen” are fighting for control of the region. Referring to ISIS, he says: “I don’t know anybody else that has as many muhajedeen as we do.”

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“Look at the soldiers – we understand no borders… We have participated in battles in Sham, and we will go to Iraq in a few days, and we will fight there, Allah permitting, and come back, and we will even go to Jordan and Lebanon with no problems,” the ISIS militant says.

A screenshot from YouTube video by الإعلام الجهادي ("Jihadist media")

Another English-speaker, identified as Abu Bara’ al-Hindi from Britain, claims that by reading the Koran everyone could understand the nature of jihad just the way he did, calling the insurgency Allah’s “test to see how much you’re willing to sacrifice…the fat job you’ve got, the big car you’ve got and the family you have… for the sake of Allah.”

He also explains his other motives for joining the ruthless terror group.

“You know, my brothers living in the West, I know how you feel when I used to live there, in the heart you feel depressed,” the bearded “British national” says, claiming that the “cure for the depression” is militant jihad. He said that back in the UK, he felt like he had “no honor.”

The video also shows a militant called Abu Yahya ash Shami, allegedly from Australia. The caption says that he has already “received shahadah” – that is, was killed – fighting in Al-Khayr.

Another Australian jihadist, Abu Nour al-Iraqi, calls on Americans, Australians and Europeans to join the fighting in Syria and Iraq, saying that the reasons for that are “plenty,” with key one being the creation of a religious state ISIS wants to establish in the region.

ISIS, also known as ISIL, which rose to power in the wake of the US-led 2003 invasion of Iraq, has become known for fighting alongside the West-backed rebels in Syria and for its gruesome atrocities that even the international terror group Al-Qaeda now holds too radical.

In its latest major offensive in Iraq, ISIS has captured several large northern and central cities and increased its presence in the Iraqi provinces, closing in on the capital, Baghdad. The seizing of Iraqi territories has taken place extremely rapidly, aided by support from locals who hate the post-invasion government and by the low morale and poor coordination in the US-equipped Iraqi army.

ISIS includes thousands of foreign fighters and has been attracting many jihadist volunteers from Europe and North Africa, Western intelligence agencies reported, according to Reuters. It is also believed to have major foreign sponsors, including some from the Gulf countries and Indonesia, and has even issued a glossy PR report claiming to be showing statistics of various types of attacks for its “stakeholders.”

READ MORE: ISIS, Inc.: Jihadists attract investors, fighters with annual reports & glossy PR

Comments (52)

 

Salman El Halaby 30.06.2014 09:21

Kevin Rudd/Dudd is on record supporting these savages,he was ranting on Aussie cute ABC Drum show about how these savages should be supported so they can win against Assad,He was the first foreign minister in the whole world to recognise the same savages of Bengazi as they started to ravage Libya,which is now in total chaos with the NATO supplied arms spreading to terrorists in Nigeria.

 

Damien Sutherland 29.06.2014 12:58

Its sad to see they doing the work of Satan. We don't have to worry as long they killing each other. More Muslims will leave Islam for other religions.

 

Hughe G Lee Hung 21.06.2014 13:54

Virginia Anscombe 21.06.2014 06:04

A lot of migrants come here from all over the world and receive australian citizenship however that does not make them an aussie. An aussie can pick the middle eastern accents obviously foreigners can't.

  


A lot of convicts were sent there too, now some of their descendants have the cheek to define who real aussies are. Just because you go somewhere and colonise a place and declare yourself the rightful owner does not make it legitimate. Real aussies are a real minority, while colonisers decide matters, same in America, Canada, new Zealand by the way.

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