When we speak of ISIS, many westerners doubt the extent of its power until of course one of their own goes and visits it. The first Western journalist in the world to be allowed extensive access to Isis territories in Syria and Iraq has returned from the region with a warning: the group is “much stronger and much more dangerous” than anyone in the West realizes. Jürgen Todenhöfer, 74, is a renowned German journalist and publicist. Once within Isis territory, Todenhöfer said his strongest impression was “that Isis is much stronger than we think here”. He said it now has “dimensions larger than the UK”, and is supported by “an almost ecstatic enthusiasm that I have never encountered in any other warzone”.
“Each day, hundreds of willing fighters arrive from all over the world,” he told tz. “For me it is incomprehensible.”
Todenhöfer moved among Isis fighters, observing their living conditions and equipment. On his Facebook page, he has posted images which he said show German Heckler & Koch MG3 machine guns in the hands of Isis. “Someday this German MG could be directed to us,” he said.
He traveled through Turkey to Mosul, the largest city occupied by Isis, after months of negotiations with the group’s leaders.
Isis’s fighters themselves sleep, he said, in barracks formed from “the shells of bombed-out houses”. They number around 5,000 in Mosul, and are spread so widely that were the US to bomb them all “they would have to reduce the whole of Mosul to ruins”, he said.
Todenhöfer says that this ultimately means Isis cannot be beaten by Western intervention or air strikes – despite US claims last week that they have proven effective. “With every bomb that is dropped and hits a civilian, the number of terrorists increases,” he said.
Most concerning of all, he said, was Isis fighters’ belief that “all religions who agree with democracy have to die”.
COMMUNIST DINKS IN THE WIRE. COMRADE REYNOSO IS WELL EQUIPPED AND HE IS SURFING FOR CONVERTS. CAVEAT EMPTOR.
Father forgive them for they know not what they do. Their judgement will be very bitter, for the Lord will show no mercy, or quarter, unless they repent. Pray for these lost souls, for they truly need to see the glory of God!
Rev(?) Christine: I have never seen anyone proclaiming to be a minister who is so out of touch with God and his word. What Bible are you reading, because it can't be the one that has been around since time began, and was written by God. Are you not aware of what today's prophets are saying about 2015? Are you not hearing the truth instead of facts? What is your church teaching you anyways? You need to re-examine your life and your beliefs when it comes to God's teachings, because what you post here certainly does not line up with his word.