Undercover reporter exposes ISIS propaganda

Undercover reporter exposes ISIS propaganda
A destroyed building with a wall painted with the black flag commonly used by Islamic State militants, is seen in the town of al-Alam.

Terrorists belonging to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have been using social media and other avenues to recruit fighters to their cause.

One ISIS fighter tried to recruit what he thought was a 15-year-old to go to Syria, without knowing that "the girl" was actually a reporter from Canada's Global News network, Mail Online reported.

The terrorist used a false name - Abu Antar - and contacted the "15-year-old girl" through Skype.

The reporter, who does not want to be identified, had set up a fake Twitter account posing as a 15-year-old to see how much attention she would receive from jihadis in Syria. Within hours, she was inundated with messages.

Abu Antar was one of them, the report said.

In chilling messages, the man gave step-by-step instructions on how the girl could slip away from her family by pretending to sleep at a friend's house and then embarking on a dangerous journey to the Middle East region occupied by ISIS fighters.

"The moment you land in Turkey, I'll have everything ready," he reportedly told the journalist.

"But ah, my biggest concern is you getting out to Istanbul without your parents going crazy, you know.

"You need to travel completely Western."

The ISIS propaganda machinery has even published brochures to entice people to move to Syria, reported the Mirror Online.

In the brochures, they spin tales of peace and harmony, of a place where everything is available in abundance.

One such guide was written by Briton Abu Rumaysah al Britani, also known as Siddhartha Dhar, who fled the UK to fight for the terror group.

He writes: "Snickers, Kit Kat, Bounty, Twix, Kinder Surprise, Cadburys - yes, yes, we have it all.

A Brief Guide To The Islamic State (2015) also promises a Mediterranean climate, mouth-watering food, a "cosmopolitan atmosphere" and even travel by Zeppelin.

"If you were worried about leaving behind your local Costa coffee then you will be happy to know that the caliphate serves some of the best lattes and cappuccinos around," the brochure boasts.

A section on weather promises "an exquisite Mediterranean climate that has all the makings of a push holiday resort".

He adds: "If you thought London or New York was cosmopolitan then wait until you step foot in the Islamic State."

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