London: A journalist from the West who was allowed access to ISIS or Islamic State territories in Iraq and Syria has warned that the terrorist group is more dangerous than it is perceived to be.
According to a report in 'The Independent' Jürgen Todenhöfer, 74, is a renowned German journalist. He travelled through Turkey to Mosul after he was able to negotiate with the group.
Mosul is the largest city occupied by ISIS.
As per the report he plans to publish '10 days in the Islamic State' soon. However, he has revealed some insights into the terror group in interviews with German-language media.
The journalist has said that the ISIS was much stronger than the West thinks it to be and that it has massive support which was almost unprecedented in any other war zone.
He also said that hundreds of willing fighters arrived to join the ISIS from across the globe and claims that the fighters of the group sleep in barracks which have been formed from the 'shells of bombed-out houses'.
As per the journalist the number of fighters in Mosul is around 5,000 and feels that the terror group cannot be beaten by Western intervention or air strikes saying that “with every bomb that is dropped and hits a civilian, the number of terrorists increases.”
Todenhöfer was also quoted by the Daily as saying that the ISIS had 'social welfare', a 'school system' and had plans to provide education to girls.
But the journalist added that the belief of ISIS fighters that “all religions who agree with democracy have to die” was disconcerting.
He further revealed that the terror group wanted to conquer the world, adding that it held the view that those who did not believe in their interpretation of the Koran would be killed.
Todenhöfer is quoted by the Daily as telling a German media that it was “the largest religious cleansing strategy that has ever been planned in human history.”