Belgian Chef Fighting In Syria Pledges Allegiance To ISIS Caliphate, Cooks Up Recipes For Jihad Against America
He felt “compelled as a Muslim to leave his life in Belgium behind and fight” for the cause of
Satan “Allah” after viewing Islamist propaganda videos on YouTube. Compulsion in religion. Where would Islam be without it? …
Qur’an Sura 2:256a, “
There is no compulsion in religion …”
Qur’an Sura 4:76a, “Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah …”
By Ammar Cheikh Omar, NBC News – “After two years of fighting alongside al Qaeda-backed militants in Syria, Abu Saif thought he was done with jihad and ready to return to his ‘normal’ life as a chef in Belgium. But everything changed when Sunni militants swept through northern Iraq and brought their brand of holy war to a global audience.
The 31-year-old cut ties with his old fighting force and put in with the rival Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), setting out for the militants’ stronghold of Raqqa and then, he hopes, on to Iraq.
‘Fighting against the Americans and the Shiites is one of my biggest wishes,’ Abu Saif, 31, told NBC News. ‘I would go straight to paradise.’
For a long time, Abu Saif’s life was more about kitchens than gunbattles. The Belgium-born restaurant cook said all of that changed two years ago when he saw a video on YouTube purporting to show Syrian soldiers massacring children. He told NBC News that he felt compelled as a Muslim to leave his life in Belgium behind and fight against atrocities in Syria.
Joined by his younger brother Soufian Alilou, Abu Saif flew to Turkey and later crossed the border into Syria. When they reached Aleppo, the brothers sought out a strong Islamist fighting group to join. Jabhat al-Nusra fit the bill.
The al Qaeda-backed group was waging war against the soldiers loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad. Al-Nusra also had long been at loggerheads with ISIS, clashing violently with fighters from the rival militant group.
The brothers from Belgium took up arms with al-Nusra, battling Assad’s soldiers on the streets of Aleppo and Idlib. All around them, Abu Saif said, were foreigners who like him had abandoned everything to come fight a holy war – a phenomenon that has Western counterterrorism officials in a tizzy.
‘I saw fighters from all around the world,’ he said. Abu Saif told NBC that his 70-strong fighting force was mostly made up of French and Belgian fighters – but ‘many brothers,’ too, came from America, the U.K. and Canada.” Read more.
Flashback: Compulsion: Hundreds Of Belgian Muslims And Their Terror-Sympathizing Enablers Demand The ‘Slaughter Of Jews’ – “Dozens of men at an anti-Israel demonstration in Antwerp shouted slogans about slaughtering Jews. Approximately 500 people attended Saturday’s protest in the capital of Belgium’s Flemish region, where one of the speakers used a loudspeaker to chant a call in Arabic that means ‘slaughter the Jews.’ The demonstration against Israel’s assault on Hamas in Gaza happened amid a wave of anti-Semitic attacks in Western Europe that coincided with the Israeli actions, and one day before a similar demonstration in Paris escalated into what European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor called an ‘attempted lynch’ outside a local synagogue.” Read more.
Flashback: Compulsion: Mob Of Belgian Muslims Attack Bus Full Of 5-Year-Old Jewish Children – “A bus filled with Jewish kindergarteners was attacked by Muslim teenagers in Antwerp, on Sunday. No one was hurt, despite the horde of Muslims surrounding the bus to throw stones at little 5 year-olds. This is just one incident among many of Muslim attacks on children. The following video shows Arabs on the Temple Mount harassing Jewish kids… Of course this is mild compared to the murders of the Fogel children in 2011; Yoav, 11, Elad, 4, and three-month-old Hadas, stabbed to death while sleeping. The baby was reportedly decapitated by her Palestinian attackers, who also butchered her parents to death.” Read more.
Flashback: Compulseion: Belgian Jihadist Calls On Young Muslims To Follow Example Of Jewish Museum Killer – “Azzedine Kbir Bounekoub, an inhabitant of Antwerp who went to Syria to join the fight, called on young Muslims via Facebook to follow the example of the man who carried out the shootings at the Jewish Museum in Belgium and engage in more attacks… ‘May Allah drive more young people to follow the example of the man who committed the attack against the Jewish Museum. Martyrdom is not only an issue in Syria, but also in Belgium. Become a thorn in the eye of the enemies of Islam’, he said in his message.” Read more.