Reservation for terror: A former terrorist reveals ISIS’ secrets

ISIS fighters parade in tanks in Raqqa, Syria. (AP)
ISIS fighters parade in tanks in Raqqa, Syria. (AP)

{} -The appearance of a vacation at a swanky Mediterranean beach resort is just a pretext to unleash terror.

For at least two years, ISIS has been telling foreign fighters who wish to join the Islamist group in Syria to book round-trip tickets to Southern Turkey and arrange stays at seaside resorts to avoid suspicion. But once the terrorist-wannabes are in Turkey, they’re smuggled into Islamic State-held territory and quickly instructed in the art of killing.

“When they go back to France or in Germany, they can say, ‘I was only on holidays in Turkey,’” said Harry Sarfo, a German prisoner who joined ISIS in 2015 and recently spoke to The New York Times. “The longer they stay in the Islamic State, the more suspicious the secret service in the West gets, and that’s why they try to do the training as quickly as possible.” Click to watch and read more

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.