No guns for you: ISIS tells Indian recruits

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The Hind camp can be found at the ISIS dominated areas of Iraq and Syria. It is a camp that has been set up to accommodate Indians joining the outfit. The Hind camp is the least crowded camps of the ISIS with just 7 members, the fact is that none of the Indian fighters barring one has been allowed to even touch a gun.

As Areeb Majeed one of the four youth from Kalyan in Maharashtra had said upon his return, " I did odd jobs at the Hind camp."

No guns for Indian recruits in ISIS

Why are Indians not allowed to fight?

The battle in Iraq and Syria is not an easy one. It requires stamina and a great amount of brutality which the ISIS has realized the Indian fighters are incapable of.

None of the fighters barring one from Tamil Nadu who joined the ISIS last year has been allowed on the battle field. All the rest of the ISIS recruits from India are assisting other fighters.

The Indian recruits are meant to cook, clean and do other jobs for the fighters. However some of the Indians have posted pictures with assault rifles in their hand. This is more of a marketing stunt, an Intelligence Bureau official says.

They hold guns pose for a photograph and post it on the internet so that others would be tempted to join the outfit.

Most of the Indians who have joined the ISIS were lured in by false promises. Many felt that after a few rounds of training they would be sent into the battle field. The Areeb Majeed case is a classic example of what really happens at the ISIS camps where Indians are concerned.

The ISIS finds the Indian recruits to be too frail and incapable of a battle. However the ISIS is in need of men to do odd jobs. The camps have to run and hence there is a demand for cleaners and cooks and the Indian recruits have fit the bill perfectly.

India has curbed the problem

Most of the Indians who are part of the ISIS are former members of the Indian Mujahideen. It was Sultan Armar a resident of Bhatkal who first raised the flag against the ISI terming them as opportunists. Armar even accused Riyaz Bhatkal of being a stooge of the ISI.

Armar and seven others then left the Indian Mujahideen to start a recruiting firm for the ISIS. Some members of the Indian Mujahideen even joined with the al-Qaeda.

Armar was one of the primary Indian recruiters for the ISIS. He opened the Ansar-ut-Tahwid through which he recruited Indians. However Armar who was in one of the camps in Syria was killed when the camp was bombed.

India's approach to the problem has been very different. It has so far managed to stop 18 persons including two women from joining the ISIS. After their chatter was traced on the internet, they were stopped from joining the group.

Seniors in the community were roped in to counsel these persons and today they are under surveillance. There is no chance of them trying to join the outfit now, an Intelligence Bureau official part of the operation informed.

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