There is a great irony where Isis is concerned. While the group claim to be creating a new society in which race and nationality don’t matter (as long as you agree with the Isis party line) – we know that the truth is actually very different.
A first-hand account from Abu Ibrahim al-Raqqawi, an activist in Raqqa, confirmed to me that “jihadis from other countries tend to stick in groups by nationality or language – the British together, the Dutch together – and they don’t have much to do with ordinary people here.” They’re even treated differently depending on where they fit in Isis’ racial hierarchy. North Africans have reported being paid less. Western recruits complain they are left to do washing up. Indians they are made to scrub toilets. A few weeks ago a prominent British Isis fighter wrote online that Europeans should stick together because “associating with Arabs can be quite annoying and stressful”. This attitude of casual prejudice seems endemic.