Masoud’s list: From ISIS victim to terrorist hunter

His fingers fly across the keyboard, and his hard drive is full of information on possible so-called “Islamic State” (IS) terrorists. Masoud Aqil is looking for screenshots he took off Facebook profiles after a suspected IS supporter wrote very openly to him about his radical views after arriving in Europe.

The man, whom Masoud remembered from Syria, no longer has a Facebook profile. “It is hard to believe how open many of them there were in the beginning,” the 24-year-old told DW. It was in early 2016, when Masoud, a Kurd who fled to Germany via the Balkan route, suddenly realized that IS – his cruel torturer – was also in Europe.

Masoud was held captive in six different IS prisons in Syria between 2014 and 2015.