A German reporter who was embedded with the Islamic State (ISIS) says the world is underestimating the intentions and the power of the world’s largest terror organization.
“The terrorists plan on killing several hundred million people. The West is drastically underestimating the power of ISIS. ISIS intends to get its hands on nuclear weapons,” says Jurgen Todenhofer, who labels the group a “nuclear tsunami preparing the largest religious cleansing in history.”
Todenhofer, 75, is the first Western journalist to have come out alive after spending a week and a half with the group last year. After releasing a video on his experiences (see below) last December, he has now published a book about his experiences and observations called Inside IS – Ten Days in the Islamic State.
Todenhofer was given unprecedented access to the group during his sojourn with the brutal jihadis.
“They now control land greater in size than the United Kingdom and are supported by an almost ecstatic enthusiasm the like of which I’ve never encountered before in a war zone. Every day hundreds of willing fighters from all over the world come,” he said. “They are the most brutal and most dangerous enemy I have ever seen in my life.
“The beheadings have been established as a strategy which they wanted to spread fear and terror among their enemies. This worked well — look at the capture of Mosul taken with less than 400 fighters!”
Todenhofer, a former member of parliament from the Christian Democratic Union of Germany party (current German Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel’s party), says the Islamic State is “much stronger than we here believe.”
In his book, Todenhofer writers that he is “pessimistic” about the West’s strategy against the Islamic State and even goes so far as to say that the group may not be able to be defeated militarily. However, if anyone can stop them, it will be “only Arabs,” he says.
Todenhofer visited the cities of Mosul, Iraq and Raqqa, Syria, both controlled by the Islamic State. His "guide" was no other than Mohammed Emwazi, who became known thoughout the world as "Jihadi John" after his appearance as the speaker and executioner in the Islamic State's gursome beheading videos.
Arrangements for the trip took months, with details negotiated over Skype with leaders of the Islamic State. Todenhofer admits being worried he would meet a similar fate to that of fellow journalists who were beheaded by the jihadis and wrote a will before leaving Germany.