Author Juergen Todenhoefer, who traveled deep into Islamic State territory — the caliphate regions of Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq — has a harsh warning for the West: “These fighters are committed to their cause, they believe in beheadings, slavery, and child fighters, and they expect to conquer Europe.”
Washington Times (h/t bonampak) “These are not stupid people,” he said in an interview with CNN. “One of the people we met had just finished his law degree. He had great job offers, but he turned them down to go and fight.
At one point, Mr. Todenhoefer said he met with a child fighter outfitted in Islamic State gear and waving an AK-47 who claimed to be 13, though looked much younger, he said, CNN reported. At another point, he interviewed a German member who spoke on behalf of his Islamic State leadership.
“We will conquer Europe one day,” the man said in his interview with Mr. Todenhoefer, CNN reported. “It is not a question of ‘if’ we will conquer Europe, just a matter of ‘when’ that will happen. But it is certain. … For us, there is no such thing as borders. There are only front lines. Our expansion will be perpetual. … and the Europeans need to know that when we come, it will not be in a nice way. It will be with our weapons. And those who do not convert to Islam or pay the Islamic tax will be killed.”
Mr. Todenhoefer also said that the man explained that Islamic State believes in enslavement for their captives as a condition of their Muslim religion. “I would say that slavery is a great help to us, and we will continue to have slavery and beheadings,” the man said during his interview with Mr. Todenhoefer, CNN reported. “It is part of our religion … many slaves have converted to Islam and have then been freed.”
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