New Delhi, Oct 10: The Indian Intelligence Bureau is making all efforts to get back an Azamgarh resident from an ISIS camp in Syria. After this person who is in his 20s expressed his desire to come back to India from Syria, all efforts are on to ensure that he returns home.
This youth whose name has been kept under the wraps for security reasons has been in touch with his family members in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh for the past month now. The family members have made a desperate appeal to the Intelligence Bureau and other officials to ensure that he returns home.
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If the Indian agencies manage to secure his release from Syria, it would be the second time such an operation would have been undertaken. The last time around it was Areeb Majeed the youth from Kalyan in Maharashtra who was brought back from Iraq.
While many argue the necessity of bringing back such persons who have willingly joined the ISIS, the Intelligence Bureau says that it is necessary. Such persons are a hub of information. We know in this case, the youth had a handler in the UAE who was helping Indians join the ISIS. We suspect that the handler is Shafi Armar, the official added.
While India has managed to curb the number of persons joining the ISIS, there are still some areas of concern, which need to be worked upon. There are still recruiters of Indian origin who are making desperate attempts to send Indians to camps run by the ISIS.
The youth from Azamgarh has conveyed to his family members that the situation in Syria is a desperate one. With Russia joining the war against the ISIS, the situation for the outfit has gone from bad to worse. Russia has been merciless when targeting the camps of the ISIS and the outfit has not been able to fight them.
Several recruits especially from India are likely to make appeals for their return. The situation is not like how it used to be a year back. Several Indians were recruited for odd jobs such as providing logistics and also running the daily chores in the camps. Today they are being pushed into the battle field and this has made the situation for them desperate and hence they are pleading to return.