Turkey Syria Border

‘My life in hell’: Former jihadi shares barbaric story of his four months in Islamic State

One morning in mid-January 2015, a small, furtive-looking man in a black hooded parka stood alone on the Turkish side of the Akçakale border crossing with Syria.

The man glanced around uneasily, and finally approached a street sweeper in a blue jumpsuit. ‘I want to cross to the other side,’ he said. ‘What can I do?’ The street sweeper demanded 75 Turkish lira and pointed to a small hole in the fence, not far from the main gate.

The man paid him but hesitated. He had come a long way, and was now barely 10 metres from his destination: the dusty brown hills of northern Syria, where the Islamic State began. ‘What about the guards?’ he said. ‘No problem,’ the street sweeper replied. ‘Just go.’

ISIS was committing atrocities long before the pilot met his unfortunate end.

This man is not innocent.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    How does he know his wife was infertile?
    Maybe he shoots blanks.

    • Exile1981

      My dad tells a story of an egyptian pilot and his wife over on a US base in the 70’s who learning to fly a us jet. He went to the base doctor because his wife was infertile.

      Turns out in years of marriage he had never been in the correct “location”, so pregnancy was not a possibility.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Thanks for the laugh!

        • Exile1981

          He’s been telling me that story since the late 70’s.

          Too bad the doctor told him the problem

  • Kathy Prendergast

    A bit OT, but would someone please explain to me why the backs of so many hijab-wearing women’s heads look like they have a camel hump under there? Is it supposed to be attractive? And if so, doesn’t it cancel out the whole idea of the hijab being about modesty?

  • Gary

    Note how he whines over how it was too barbaric , so basically he’s ok with barbarism for allah if ISIS was more moderate and just did the common beheading to emulate muhammad.