German former ISIS fighter denounces group as un-Islamic

The 26-year-old man says prison in Germany would be better than freedom in Syria

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A former German ISIS fighter has denounced the militant group as un-Islamic in an interview with German media, reported the Telegraph.

The 26-year-old man, named Ebrahim B under German privacy laws, relayed his experiences in an interview before he stands for trial in August where he faces charges of being a member of a terrorist organization.

In the interview, that took place in a German prison, he described how he was recruited at a mosque in the city of Wolfsburg in northern Germany.

Ebrahim said the person who recruited him said “How can you sleep in peace, in the warm, with heating, while young Muslims are starving or women are being raped? What happens to you, when you die in Europe and not in an Islamist town? When you die in Europe, you go to hell.”

He stated that “[ISIS] fool you,” adding that “it's explained to you that you as a Muslim are allowed to marry four women. Who wouldn't want to have four women?”

He told reporters that he travelled to Turkey with a friend on May 28, 2014, before crossing the border into Syria. At first he was imprisoned over concerns that he was a spy, until his recruiter assured ISIS that he was there to join them.

A trained massage therapist before leaving Germany, Ebrahim claimed that ISIS members are given a choice, “you must immediately decide to either be a fighter or a suicide bomber. In a nutshell, when you go there, you're either dead or dead.”

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