A young French Muslim journalist risked his life by going undercover to infiltrate an ISIS cell, which he successfully did and came out with shocking footage revealing that the members had been planning an imminent attack soon. Named Allah’s Soldiers the documentary was broadcast on Canal Plus showing footage shot with a hidden camera capturing their meetings and how a group of men he described as “lost, frustrated, suicidal, easily manipulated youths,” were planning a terror attack in France. The journalist is since hiding his identity and using the pseudonym Said Ramzi fearing the consequences after exposing the reality of ISIS.
The journalist is said to have got in touch with the underground cell members through Facebook and termed the process easy. He said he contacted the group who called themselves the Soldiers of Allah on Facebook and were led by a young ex-convict who called himself Abu Oussama. The French journalist has explained how disillusioned these youth are after he recorded them talking dreamily about their coming death, the palace that awaits them in paradise, the winged horse made of gold and rubies, and the women.
The journalist told The Associated Press the cell was actually led by a Frenchman sent home from Syria by the extremist organization to plot an attack. Known to the jihadis as Abu Hamza, the journalist said “they’re beyond saving. The programming is so well done,” He believes there is no discussing with them. He also stated that they considered him valuable because, unlike the other members of the cell, he had no criminal past and had never been identified as a radical.
He spent around six months between summer 2015 and January with the 10 extremists, shooting footage with the hidden camera. While he was embedded with the group, he realized they had been planning to mount an attack on a popular night club. They also spoke of shooting down passenger planes in France so as to make the French suffer. He told AFP he saw nothing Islamic in what the youth were doing: “One of the main lessons was that I never saw any Islam in this affair. No will to improve the world. Only lost, frustrated, suicidal, easily manipulated youths. They had the misfortune of being born in the era that the Islamic State exists. It is very sad. They are youngsters who are looking for something and that is what they found.”
But he is glad that these youth who join ISIS aren’t particularly intelligent: “To think you’re going to paradise for killing innocent people, you have to be especially stupid,” adding, “And that may yet be what saves us.”