WhatsApp messages lift lid on Isis mindset

“We eat well. We wear designer clothes and we don’t have to steal,” one young Moroccan man, who emigrated to Barcelona, told his friend recently, before setting off to Syria to join the terrorist group Isis.

Hassan, 23 years old, sent his friend Fatima a series of WhatsApp messages to explain his plans, according to Spanish daily El País.

“We’re going to Syria. Don’t tell anyone, OK?” he messaged Fatima…

…It dawned on Fatima that during the last few months she had lost touch with various Moroccan friends. She started to suspect that perhaps they too had gone to Syria to join Isis.

Fatima called the police and told them all about the phone call, showing them the WhatsApp messages, as well as photographs of her missing friends…

…Hassan told Fatima that he was persuaded by a man in a shop to visit a mosque, where he met other young men who like him, had neither family nor resources to help them get by.

“They look for that profile,” says Fatima’s mother, who knows many young Moroccans who have come to Spain illegally at 16 or 17 years old. “Many live badly, very few work, some steal,” as did Hassan, Fatima confesses.

“They enroll them as soldiers of Islam and pay them a lot of money. That’s what attracts them”…