A brave German journalist named Jürgen Todenhofer is writing a book titled Inside IS – Ten Days in the Islamic State. As he is harsh critic of US policy regarding the Middle East, the terrorist group agreed to let him spend 10 days with them. His findings are terrifying.
After months of communication via Skype, ISIS agreed to let the 75-year-old journalist and his son visit for 10 days. Upon entry into ISIS territory, the two men were forced to give up their cell phones. Todenhofer and his son spent most of their time in northern Iraq, but also traveled to Deir ez-Zor and Raqqa in Syria.
Was Todenhofer nervous about spending time with terrorists? Hell yes! “Of course I’d seen the terrible, brutal beheading videos and it was of course after seeing this in the last few months that caused me the greatest concern in my negotiations to ensure how I can avoid this,” said Todenhöfer. “Anyway, I made my will before I left.”
The journalist reported that ISIS uses those beheading videos as a way to instill fear into civilians. They are easier to control that way.
“They are extremely brutal,” said Todenhofer. “Not just head-cutting. I’m talking about the strategy of religious cleansing. That’s their official philosophy. They are talking about 500 million people who have to die.”
The journalist claims that not only is ISIS is planning to unleash a “nuclear tsunami” on the West and anyone who opposes the idea of an Islamic caliphate, but that we have severly underestimated the terrorist group.
“The IS fighters are much smarter and more dangerous than our leaders believe. In the Islamic State, there is an almost palpable enthusiasm and confidence of victory, which I have not seen in many war zones.”
“I don’t see anyone who has a real chance to stop them…I came back very pessimistic,” said Todenhofer.