ISIS recruiting Indian Muslim youths to fight in Iraq, Syria?

By Manisha Singh | Last Updated: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 17:27

Zee Media Bureau/Manisha Singh

New Delhi: In what could be a warning bell for the security agencies in India, reports have emerged that the dreaded Islamic State for Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group have been recruiting youths from states like Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Maharashtra and Jammu and Kashmir to fight in Iraq, Syria and other places in the Middle East.

As per reports, over hundred youths may have joined the jihadist militant group as of now and the terror group Indian Mujahideen may be involved in recruiting men from India.

The NIA has been apparently told to prepare a dossier as to who may involved in recruiting youths from India.

It has also been said that the ISIS is particularly targeting Muslim youths.

The ISIS is also known as ISIL, with the L standing for the Levant. Now it is called Islamic State or IS. It is a jihadi group that has established its rule by force in a vast areas of northern Iraq, plus parts of Syria.

One of the tools used for recruitment are online videos which are being used to radicalise poor from a particular community.

A propaganda video did surface on the internet a few weeks back which showed a young male, supposedly recruited from Canada, sharing his experience of being a street janitor in Canada and then what happens after he moved to Syria to fight for IS.

The video showed him asking people to help them in any way they could. He was also seen glorifying jihad. In the end the video shows him getting killed in a fight.

The video is reported to have been translated into Tamil, Urdu and also has Hindi subtitles.

Al Isabah Media Production has claimed to have posted the videos. It claims to be the media unit of 'Ansar ut Tawheed Fi Bilad Al Hind' or supporters of Monotheism in the land of India, on its Twitter account.

Earlier too, the video of ISIS leader Abu Bakar Al Baghdadi had been translated into Hindi. He too had called on Muslims from India to come and fight for the cause and had claimed that the rights of Muslims in India had been forcibly seized.

Earlier, four youths had disappeared from Maharashtra from Thane district in May this year. They were in their 20s and hailed from Kalyan. It had been speculated that they had joined the IS to fight in Iraq, even though their families had denied the report.

Later Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria had issued a circular asking Anti-Terror Cells (ATCs) of all police stations in the city to remain alert and keep a tab in their areas.

The circular has asked ATCs to probe the trail of youths who had gone missing and had asked them to check their links to terrorist organisations if any.




First Published: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 19:37

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