‘ISIS made me clean loos, not fight’
An Indian student who travelled to Iraq to join the extremist Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has returned home disillusioned after the militants made him clean toilets and do other menial jobs, according to media reports.
Areeb Majeed, 23, left for Iraq with three friends in late May amid fears among the authorities that ISIS was attempting to recruit from India’s large pool of young Muslim men. The engineering student flew home last Friday to Mumbai where he was arrested and charged by India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) with terror-related offences.
Majeed told NIA officers he was sidelined by the ISIS fighters for whom he fetched water and performed other lowly tasks such as cleaning toilets, instead of taking part in the deadly offensive as he wanted, the Press Trust of India news agency said.
He phoned his family to say he wanted to come home after suffering an unexplained bullet wound for which he did not get proper medical attention, the agency said on Sunday. “Only after I begged them was I taken to a hospital,” he reportedly said.
“There was neither a holy war nor were any of the preachings in the holy book followed.”
Meanwhile, nearly 300 people are facing prosecution in Germany for supporting ISIS, German Justice Minister Heiko Maas has said, adding that it was a sign that anti-terrorism laws were working and tougher legislation was not needed.