By: JASON SILVERSTEIN
Source: NY Daily News
ISIS is full of idiots.
A report on Monday found that most recruits of the world’s most feared terror group have no serious grasp of Islam and Sharia law — and two even picked up “For Dummies” books to brush up on beliefs they planned to kill and die for.
The Associated Press reviewed recruiting documents from 2013 and 2014, which were obtained by the Syrian opposition website Zaman al-Wasl. The thousands of pages showed the applications of more than 4,000 foreign terrorist wannabes.
The docs asked about each recruit’s knowledge of Islam — and revealed that most knew nothing.
More than 70% of the new recruits said they had a “basic” knowledge of Islam and Shariah — the lowest level listed on the form. Twenty-four percent said they had an “intermediate” knowledge. Only 5% listed themselves as advanced Islam students, and another 5% said they had memorized the Koran.
The documents also showed some recruits admitting they had no idea what they were getting into when they joined the terror group, which claims to be bloodily enforcing a strict Islamic rule.
Two British recruits, Mohammed Ahmed and Yusuf Sarwar, ordered the books “The Koran for Dummies” and “Islam for Dummies” from Amazon before traveling to Syria to wreak havoc. When they returned to Britain, they were arrested, and both were convicted of terrorism offenses in 2014.
Another European recruit, who said he was gay, admitted that ISIS intrigued him mostly because it seemed so easy to join.
“It only required one prayer and no prior understanding of Islam,” the man said, according to the report.
“There was no hierarchy and it was all about living a good life…People like me were tricked into something that they didn’t understand. I never meant to end up with IS.”
The documents showed that the know-nothing newcomers are indoctrinated with ISIS propaganda once they join — and then trained to be killers.
One French recruit, Karim Mohammad-Aggad, said he and his younger brother were lured into the group by “smooth talk” from a recruiter who took them barhopping. He and his brother both wrote that they had “basic” knowledge of Islam.
But the younger brother, Foued Mohammad-Aggad, would eventually return to France — as one of three terrorists who stormed Paris’ Bataclan concert hall on a night of terror last November that left 129 dead.
In the past year, ISIS has started taking credit for lone wolf attacks by self-styled militants who appeared to have no connection to the terror network, or no serious commitment to Islam.
Omar Mateen, the man who killed 49 people in Orlando, pledged allegiance to ISIS, but authorities found no evidence he had any ties to the group. ISIS later claimed a truck rampage in Nice, France that took 85 lives. But the driver, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, reportedly ate pork, abused drugs and alcohol and ignored all forms of prayer.
With News Wire Services