Mojahedin khalq (MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult) the ending stage of the radicalization process

Mojahedin khalq (MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult) the ending stage of the radicalization process

mojahedin-khalq-radicalisation-maryam-rajaviMazda Parsi, Nejat Society, October 19 2016:… The commitment to violence is what distinguishes a terrorist group from other extremist groups. For years, the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (the MKO) was committed to acts of terror and violence as its main strategy to fight the shah of Iran and then the Islamic Republic government.  However, the group hasn’t committed violent act since 2002. It claims that it has officially denounced … 

مجاهدین خلق در آلبانی به جان هم افتاده اندAlbania: What would a de-radicalization program for the Mojahedin Khalq (Rajavi cult) involve

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Mojahedin khalq (MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult) the ending stage of the radicalization process

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The commitment to violence is what distinguishes a terrorist group from other extremist groups. For years, the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (the MKO) was committed to acts of terror and violence as its main strategy to fight the shah of Iran and then the Islamic Republic government.  However, the group hasn’t committed violent act since 2002. It claims that it has officially denounced terrorism even though it has never made any official statement openly.

Given that the MKO has denounced terrorism, why is there too much concern over the relocation of the MKO in Europe, Albania? According to the reports, not many member states of the European Union were willing to receive the MKO in their territory and ultimately Albania accepted to receive them in exchange for financial aid from the United States.

There is too much concern about the presence of the MKO in Europe because the MKO’s background indicates true facts about its nature as a terrorist destructive cult.

Researchers have developed a number of different theories and conceptual models that seek to explain the process by which an individual becomes radicalized. Most of them consider certain stages from beginning to end of the process. Based on researches the ending stage of the process is always violent action.

This demonstrates that the MKO has already passed through all the stages although it is not apparently committed to terrorism now. Thus, the potential capacity of a radicalized extremist terrorist group threatens the European citizens, particularly the Albanians who hardly ever have enough information on true nature of the MKO.

Social scientists, law enforcement organizations, and intelligence agencies all agree that terrorists are the products of the dynamic process of radicalization. Radicalization makes the individuals get engaged in a system of beliefs – radical or ideological – and impose their beliefs on the rest of society. This is exactly what the MKO has passed through during its half a century–long history.

There are common elements in the experiences of most people who have become indoctrinated in the destructive terrorist cults, regardless of their beliefs or motivations. These elements make significant changes in the life style of a person including his social relations. The person’s behavior will become more intense and extreme over time compared with the normal life.

Members of the MKO are kept under a very suppressive system that controls all aspects of their life. Celibacy is mandatory in the MKO; love and emotions are forbidden except for their leaders. Members have to reveal all their thoughts during the day in certain sessions –held daily and weekly in order to maintain mind control over members. Sleep deprivation, solitary confinement, mental and physical torture are usual practices in the Cult of Rajavi. Members have no access to the outside world or the news of the outside world. Now that they are in Tirana, the rank and file are allowed to go outside their apartment complex only under the supervision of a superior member.

Under the severe manipulation system of the Cult of Rajavi, most members are likely to have gone all the way to become a violent extremist. For this reason, you may not be surprised to see a dozen of the group members commit self-immolation following the arrest of their leader Maryam Rajavi by the French Police in 2003.

The world community particularly the United Nations and the Government of Albania have the crucial duty to interrupt the process of victimization of the MKO members. Besides, the international bodies should prevent members of the MKO to get to the point of threatening or using violence – although some of them have already reached the point.

The active involvement of families, friends and human rights bodies in the process of de-radicalization is very important.  Unfortunately, paid advocacy for the MKO is clear evidence of an absence of will to secure the European citizens and to release the victims taken as hostages in the MKO.

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Iranian Opposition Ex-Fighters ‘Transferred to Albania’ (Mojahedin Khalq, MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult) 

Albanian_Mafia Mojahedin_Khalq TerroristsFatjona Mejdini, Balkan Insight, Tirana (Albania), September 20 2016:… The People’s Mujahedin of Iran is a controversial resistance group. Founded in 1965 as a left-leaning opposition to the Shah’s regime, it turned against the Islamic Republic following the 1979 Revolution. The US listed it as a terrorist organisation in 1997 but it was removed from the blacklist in 2012 after it renounced violence. Several thousand of its members left Iran for Iraq, where former dictator Saddam Hussein, used them … 

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Iranian Opposition Ex-Fighters ‘Transferred to Albania’

Iranian media reported on Thursday that a plane has flown 155 members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (People’s Mujahedin of Iran), an exiled opposition movement that advocates the overthrow of the Islamic Republic in Iran, to Tirana.

The Fars news agency claimed that a total of 676 of the organisation’s members are scheduled to be transferred to Albania this month.

The Albanian Interior ministry didn’t deny the report, although it refused to specify the number of People’s Mujahedin of Iran members expected to be transferred to Albania during August.

“The Albanian government has an agreement signed in 2013 for the accommodation of the group so we are continuously expecting them to come to the country in accordance with it,” an interior ministry source.

The agreement is believed to have been signed with the US, and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran members are believed to have been transferred to Tirana from Camp Liberty in Iraq.

The interior ministry source said that it was not allowed under the agreement to give the numbers of those arriving as this was considered a sensitive information gave the risks involved.

In March 2013, former Prime Minister Sali Berisha disclosed part of the agreement in an official statement after meeting the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Barbara Leaf, and the UN envoy to Iraq, Martin Kobler.

At the time, the government said it had offered asylum to 210 members of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran.

After that, no more information about the agreement or the opposition fighters’ arrival has been officially released.

Voice of America reported in February this year however that the number of People’s Mujahedin of Iran members coming to Albania might be as many as 3,000.

“In the last two years, Albania has accepted around 1,000 members of this group, and according to a high official of State Department, the country has promised that is going to accept also 2,000 others,” wrote journalist Pam Dockins in an article for Voice of America after she was part of the press entourage accompanying US Secretary of State John Kerry to Tirana on February 14.

Dockins’ article also said that during the visit, Kerry thanked the Albanian government for its effort in the taking the Iranians, although the issue was not publicly mentioned while he met the country’s political leaders.

The People’s Mujahedin of Iran is a controversial resistance group. Founded in 1965 as a left-leaning opposition to the Shah’s regime, it turned against the Islamic Republic following the 1979 Revolution.

The US listed it as a terrorist organisation in 1997 but it was removed from the blacklist in 2012 after it renounced violence.

Several thousand of its members left Iran for Iraq, where former dictator Saddam Hussein, used them as a tool against the Iranian regime.

After the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, alliance forces offered the Iranians protection. Since then, about 3,000 have lived at Camp Ashraf while others were sheltered at Camp Liberty near Baghdad.

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Polemikë e madhe pasi MEK nuk mund të provojë nëse lideri Massoud Rajavi ka vdekur apo është gjallë 

.مرگ مسعود رجوی تیرانا آلبانیGazeta Impakt, Tirana, Albania, August 21 2016:… [Huffington Post article ‘Grand Controversy as MEK can’t prove leader Massoud Rajavi is dead or alive’ translated into Albanian language. Published by Gazeta Impakt. The death of Massoud Rajavi announced by the Saudis coincides with the mass transfer of radicalised MEK members from Camp Liberty to Tirana. The issue of Rajavi’s death has had an existential impact inside the MEK. Iran-Interlink]… 

مرگ مسعود رجوی تیرانا آلبانیPolemikë e madhe pasi MEK nuk mund të provojë nëse lideri Massoud Rajavi ka vdekur apo është gjallë

[Huffington Post article ‘Grand Controversy as MEK can’t prove leader Massoud Rajavi is dead or alive’ translated into Albanian language. Published by Gazeta Impakt. The death of Massoud Rajavi announced by the Saudis coincides with the mass transfer of radicalised MEK members from Camp Liberty to Tirana. The issue of Rajavi’s death has had an existential impact inside the MEK. Iran-Interlink]

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Polemikë e madhe pasi MEK nuk mund të provojë nëse lideri Massoud Rajavi ka vdekur apo është gjallë

Mbledhja e madhe e Maryam Rajavit në Paris më 9 Korrik është shpallur si premtim i saj i ndryshimit të afërt të regjimit .

Në fakt kjo u kthye në një polemikë të madhe të një lloji tjetër. Propoganda e këtij viti reklamon aftësitë propaganduese të Rajavit në mënyrë që të sigurojë fonde të vazhdueshme nga pasanikët e ndryshimit të regjimit. Ky  vit ishte ndryshim dramatik për shkak të prezencës së panjoftuar të princit Turki al-Faisal, ish-ambasadori i Saudisë në Mbretërinë e Bashkuar dhe SHBA. Sigurisht, jo një person që e fton nga një listë e agjensisë së folësve.

Këtë vit, përfshirja e Princit Turki ndryshoi gjithçka për MEK-un. Dhe jo pak, pasi perceptimi i publikut të Arabisë Saudite si një regjim shtypës, sidomos për gratë. Turki këmbënguli që pikëtakimi të lëvizë nga Villepinte në Bourges për arsye sigurie. Më pas ai urdhëroi ndryshime në planin e skenës dhe panelit të folësve. Papritur, dikush tjetër ishte në krye të detyrës së eventit. E patrembur, madje edhe e kënaqur që kishte një të ftuar kaq prestigjoz, Maryam Rajavi e hapi mbledhjen duke lëvduar bashkëshortin e saj Massoud Rajavi. “Dashtë Zoti ta mbrojë luanin vigjilent të përjetshëm” lajmëroi ajo duke u drejtuar nga fotoja e tij e vënë në vend. Kjo pritej. Megjithëse ai u zhduk vetëm përpara se forcat aleate të sulmonin Irakun në 2003, Massoud Rajavi njihej si lideri aktual i Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK-NCRI është emri i parë i MEK-ut), gruaja e tij ishte e dyta në detyrë.

Kur ishte radha e Princit të Saudisë të fliste, ai i bëri me shenjë Maryam Rajavit të ulej me pjesën tjetër të audiencës dhe të dëgjonte, në të njëjtën kohë duke u siguruar që ajo nuk do të fotografohej me të në asnjë moment. Turki, ish koka e inteligjencës së Saudisë me të cilën ai është akoma i përfshirë, është një operator mendjehollë famëkeq. Si Ambasador në Washington ai bindi disa Amerikanë se 9/11 nuk erdhi nga Saudija por nga Irani.Ai dihet që nuk del kurrë nga skenari. Kështu që, nuk ka dyshim se kur ai lajmëroi për të dytën herë vdekjen e Massoud Rajavi, nuk ishte një gabim. Fjala ‘marhoum’- e cila kuptohet si një shprehje ngushëllimi nga folësit Arab- tingëlloi rëndë, dhe kështu ishte qëllimisht  pjesë e fjalisë së tij.

Deri në atë moment Maryam Rajavi ishte e pavetëdijshme. Mungesa e reagimit herën e parë, ai iu kthye direct asaj dhe i tha ‘marhoum Massoud Rajavi’, tregon se ajo nuk e kishte kuptuarçfarë ishte thënë. Herën e dytë e kuptoi, pasi dha një buzëqeshje. Im,Është e qartë se Turki nuk ishte konsultuar me MEK paraprakisht për përmbajtjen e fjalimit të tij. Dhe në qoftë se ai do të kishte bërë gabim, kishte shumë kohë ta ndreqte pastaj.Ai nuk e ndreqi.

Atëherë, çfarë do të thotë kjo? A ka vdekur Massoud Rajavi? Dhe në qoftë se po, pse nuk e di bashkëshortja e tij, dhe në qoftë se  e di, pse nuke thotë? Dhe më e rëndësishmja, pse princi Turki e bëri këtë lajmërimnë publik gjatë eventit më të rëndësishëm të MEK-ut?

Megjithëse mbështetja e Saudisë për MEK i përket kohës së Saddam Hussein, lidhja nuk u be asnjëherë publike. (Ky është tregues se MEK ka përdorur AL Arabiya si zëdhënës për vite dhe sidomos muajt e fundit.)Analistëve ia mori mendja se Princi Turki mori pjesë në mbledhjen e MEK-ut në mënyrë që të shpallte veten si kryetar të grupit.

Pas rënies së Sadam Hussein-it, MEK kishte nevojë për shpatulla të reja. Massoud Rajavi shiti shërbimet e grupit Izraelitëve, neokonservatorëve dhe sigurisht Arabisë Saudite. Ja pse ne pamë MEK-un tek përdorte negociatat bërthamore P5+1 me Iranin. Sapo u arrit marrëveshja, retorika kundër-Iranit ndryshoi drejt abuzimeve të të drejtave njerëzore. Për fat të keq, puntorët e grupit, kanë bërë histori në këtë aspekt, me Human Rights Watch dhe RAND Corporation duke bërë të njohur të drejtat e njeriut dhe abuzimet e kultit që po bëhen në MEK. Si një ballafaqim i rremë, grupi është fyer kaq shumë nga iranianët saqë ka tërhequr vetë opozitën.

Me ngritjen e Daesh dhe grupeve dhe gangsterëve të dhunshëm në Siri dhe Irak, MEK zbuloi mundësitë reja. Maryam Rajavi bëri përçapje për paqe për Ushtrinë e Lirë Siriane. Për ca kohë, dukej sikur MEK do të mund të përdorte një bazë të re në Shqipëri-   forcë mjaft e radikalizuar në Kampin Liberty, Irak, po transferohen momentalisht – në një kamp lehtësues. Ideja ishte të mundësonte trajnim dhe logjistikë grupeve të reja terroriste nga një vend në cep të Europës, por pranë Lindjes së Mesme. Kjo u bllokua kur ekspertët shqiptar e ekspozuan në kanalet kombëtare.

Ngjarjet në Lindjen e Mesme kanë ndryshuar. Arabia Saudite ka dalur në ballë dhe fsheh konfliktet ushtarake kundër Iranit që janë sekret i hapur në rajon. Por pasi u la në baltë nga Shtetet e Bashkuara, arabëve i janë dashur të kërkojnë aleatë të tjerë në këtë përpjekje. Ndërkohe, Turki e di shumë mirë se MEK nuk është asgjë më shumë se një makineri propogande dhe irrituese për Iranin, kjo është më mirë se hiçgjë.

Shfaqja e Turki-t në mbledhje sinjalizon se kushdo që përpiqej t’i bënte keq Rajavit-hamendësohet shërbimet perëndimore intel- ia kanë dorëzuar saudive siç bënë në 1986 kur Rajavi u përjashtua nga Franca dhe iu dorëzua Saddam Hussein-it për ta ndihmuar në luftën kundër Iranit.

Massoud Rajavi, naiv siç është ai, mendoi se do t’i fitonte pozitat e vjetra dhe do të punonte në projektet e reja për sauditët. Në vend të kësaj, ekspertët e MEK-ut besojnë se Maryam Rajavi do ta ketë kuptuar mesazhin e Turkit kështu:”Nuk ka drejtues të vjetër,  ata nuk janë më. Jam vetëm unë.Dhe intel-i i Saudise nuk do t’ju trajtojë ashtu siç bëri Sadami. Në atë kohë ju kishit forcë luftarake në Irak gati për të sulmuar Iranin. Tani e drejta juaj e vetme është propoganda. E as nuk do t’ju trajtojmë ju me butësi ashtu siç kanë bërë MB  ose SHBA.

Dhe kështu ju e kuptoni pozitën tuaj si skllavi joni. Unë sapo lajmërova vdekjen e bashkëshortit tuaj. Tani, harroje të mos i bindesh komandave të mira. Vdekja e tij aktuale mund të rregullohet lehtësisht.’

Nëse Rajavi ka vdekur ose po e vrasin tani, kjo nuk dihet- vetëm aim und t’i përgjigjet kësaj – por ai dhe  e gjithë organizata e tij tani janë,me mish dhe shpirt, në duart e afta të Princit të Saudisë.  Në qoftë se ai është akoma gjallë, roli i vetëm i Rajavit është të veprojë si ndërmjetës dhe të udhëzojë gruan e tij se çfarë duhettë bëjë ajonë emër të Saudisë. Sauditë, ashtu si Saddam Hussein, i shikojnë gratë me rëndësi të barabartë me delet dhe dhitë. Kështu që do të ishte e paperceptueshme që ata të merren vesh direct me të ashtëquajturën liderja feministe  e grupit, shërbimet e së cilës po i paguajnë ata.

Ditët  kanë kaluar që kur Polemika e Madhe u ndërpre. Reagimi MEK-ut pas mbledhjes ishte gati histerike. Ata dërgonin mesazhe ne vende ku normalisht nuk do të flisnin –VOA dhe BBC Persi –për të theksuar përtej dyshimit se Rajavi është akoma gjallë. Përveç kësaj, MEK nuk ka mundur ta vërtetojë të vërtetën. Kështu që dikush po gënjen.

Fakti është se askush jashtë MEK-ut nukdo t’ia dijë nëse Rajavi është gjallë apo vdekur. Por për ndjekësit realitetii errët i së ardhmes po merr fund. Në qoftë se MEK nuk mund ta provojë- me zë apo paraqitje- që lideri i tyre është gjallë, ose të njoftojë se ai ka vdekur, kjo do të thotë që  egjithë organizata ka vdekur. Në qoftë se ata nuk mund t’i përmbahen kësaj detyre të thjeshtë, si mund të premtojnë ata ndryshimin e regjimit?/ Gazeta Impakt

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The death of Massoud Rajavi
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US charter flight transferred 155 Mojahedin Khalq terror commanders to Albania 

The war on ISISPress TV, August 28 2016:…  At least 155 members of the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), including a number of the group’s senior leaders, have reportedly fled Iraq to Albania. A US passenger plane transferred the MKO terrorists, who had been holed up in Camp Liberty near Baghdad International Airport since the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, early on Thursday, Didehban Strategic Institute reported. Several high-ranking officials of the MKO terrorist group, possibly its … 

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At least 155 MKO terrorists flee Iraq to Albania: Reports

At least 155 members of the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), including a number of the group’s senior leaders, have reportedly fled Iraq to Albania.

A US passenger plane transferred the MKO terrorists, who had been holed up in Camp Liberty near Baghdad International Airport since the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, early on Thursday, Didehban Strategic Institute reported.

Several high-ranking officials of the MKO terrorist group, possibly its ringleader Massoud Rajavi, were reportedly on board the US plane.

An arrest warrant had been issued for the terrorists by the Iraqi government and they fled the country with fake identities and passports.

Didehban also quoted informed sources in Iraq as saying that the US plane had had no other passenger but the MKO terrorists.

There is still no word if any MKO member remains in Camp Liberty but the terrorists’ departure has been reportedly facilitated by the United States, the United Nations and with the cooperation of Saudi Arabia.

There is a deep-seated resentment toward MKO in Iraq because of its criminal past. The group widely supported former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in his brutal crackdown on opponents. 

The terror group also sided with Saddam during his 1980-1988 war on Iran.

Iraqi leaders have long urged MKO remnants to leave the Arab country but a complete eviction of the terrorists has been hampered by the US and European support for the group.

The terrorist group had to flee Iran shortly after the Islamic Revolution in 1979 after carrying out a spate of assassinations and bombings which took the lives of many top officials and civilians.  

In December 2011, the UN and Baghdad agreed to relocate some 3,000 MKO members from Camp Ashraf in Iraq’s Diyala Province to Camp Liberty, which is a former US military base.

The last group of the MKO terrorists was evicted by the Iraqi government in September 2013 and relocated to the camp to await potential relocation to third countries.

The MKO is listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community and has committed numerous terrorist acts against Iranians and Iraqis.
 
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What does it mean when we say ISIS operates as a mind control cult?

Massoud Khodabandeh, Iranian.com, October 01 2015:… Those camps, often far from the inhabited world, are important in the process. That is where the recruit changes in to a suicide bomber, Khodabandeh concludes. The technique used to brainwash someone only works if you have a place where you are able to isolate people from the family and acquaintances …

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What does it mean when we say ISIS operates as a mind control cult?

The world is waking up to the fact that some kind of brainwashing is involved in the ISIS campaign to recruit and deploy fighters in Iraq and Syria. This even extends to importing thousands of brainwashed ‘family’ recruits to populate its declared Caliphate.

As an expert on this subject, I was interviewed by Dutch writer and journalist Judit Neurink as part of her new book ‘The war of ISIS: On the road to the Caliphate’.

Judit has lived and worked in Iraqi Kurdistan for nearly a decade. This is important because she has been able to get into the hearts and minds of the people she shares this life with and they have rewarded her with a unique and intimate understanding of this region. This book is a reflection of that.

The book sets out to answer the questions which we all have about ISIS. “Who they are, how did they get their ideals, how do they operate and are they really as dangerous as they would like the world to believe?”

Avoiding any sensationalism, Judit intersperses hard facts, information and analysis with individual accounts and sharp descriptions. She allows other people to speak about their knowledge and experience and by doing so brings the ISIS phenomenon to life in a way no external observer can hope to do.

My contribution has been to talk about the cultic nature of ISIS and the specific methodology it uses to deceive and brainwash its victims into becoming killers and suicide bombers. In this respect it is very similar to the Mojahedin Khalq.

The external behaviour of such groups can sometimes lead people to the false conclusion that one is worse or better than the other. The truth is that because of their internal cult dynamic all terrorist groups are not only dangerous to their intended targets but are also destructive of their own members. Like ISIS, the MEK has killed and tortured thousands of its own members over the years.

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ISIS is much more than just an Islamic group that has established its own state. It is a sect which brainwashes and indoctrinates its members. All new members must first follow lessons in sharia, the Islamic Legislation. “Not in the principles of Islam, but those from the Islamic state”, a young man who left ISIS tells the BBC.

“They teach you the Islam that they want”

Whoever enters ISIS start with forty days in a religious training camp, led by a charismatic trainer. The young man said that his had come from Saudi Arabia, and was so “nice and convincing” that he was “prepared to become a suicide bomber if he has asked”. The training “aims at your heart and not your head, so that your heart becomes filled with passion for their words”.

According to Massoud Khodabandeh, who for years was in the leadership of the Iranian political sect Mujahedeen Khalq (MKO), charismatic trainers play a far more prominent role than the ideology. That is secondary to the goal of the sect, which usually revolves around the well-being and the ambitions of the leader of the group and those around him. Concretely, with ISIS it’s about Baghdadi and the group around him, and their ambition to become powerful.

“With ISIS it is not about Islam”, khodabandeh said resolutely. “No one becomes a member of a sect because of their message”. The recruits from ISIS know nothing about Islam. Because it they did, they would not allow themselves to be lured in”.

Khodabandeh broke with the MKO and now leads an organisation from Great Britain to help people follow his example. Internationally he is well known as an expert on the subject of political sects.

According to him only people who were easily influenced beforehand will fall in to the net of the recruiters. “They have problems; they are running away from something. One from his father. The other one from debt collectors. They have failed in love or at university. They are already a victim before they fall in to the net”.

Camps

For the training of its recruits ISIS had at the end of November in 2014 twenty five camps, fourteen in Syria and eleven in Iraq. One of those was exclusively for fighters from Kazakhstan. After the indoctrination a military training follows, fighters receive physical training and learn how to handle weapons.

Those camps, often far from the inhabited world, are important in the process. That is where the recruit changes in to a suicide bomber, Khodabandeh concludes. The technique used to brainwash someone only works if you have a place where you are able to isolate people from the family and acquaintances, where there are no credit cards, and no place to go back to”.

For the indoctrination of a fighter the recruitment focuses on separating them from everything they had, up to the point that they no longer want to live. For a suicide bomber live itself is a burden. If you are leading a life that you do not want, then you can convince yourself of the beckoning paradise. You only give up a life if you do not have one anyway”.

To show the extent of this, Khodabandeh uses the example of an eighteen year old fighter who was taken prisoner by the Iraqi army before he could carry out his suicide mission. With the approval of the Iraqis, he spent 48 hours with the young man in an effort to pry him loose from the grip of ISIS. “I thought that I should be able to convince him to think differently about things. But after two days and nights he said that I had committed the greatest sin. I had kept him from reaching paradise for forty eight hours. It went that deep. His life was a burden. He begged to end it”.

A sect exists from a nucleus with layers surrounding it. Like and onion, Khodabandeh says. The nucleus is the suicide bomber, for ISIS also the fighters who go in to battle to die. “You only need a certain number of these. But in order to recruit and indoctrinate them there are many more people needed”.

Not everyone becomes a suicide bomber. And that prospect alone will not lure any recruits, neither does the idea of going to kill people, or decapitate leads, khodabandeh believes. They come from money, for charity, for a role in the new state or the army. “In Syria they realize; I have to kill someone while I only came here to bring medicine. The pressure to do that is immense. Because their entire world is now ISIS. If it says that you have to chop off heads, then you do that. Otherwise you will become a victim yourself”.

From that fear, ISIS members convince themselves if they have doubts that they are wrong, and the others, in ISIS, are right. Because everyone outside of ISIS is considered to be the enemy, this would relate to them too should they turn their backs on the group. “they believe they do not have any choice; if they do not cut off that head then they will lose their own”.

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کمپ اشرف فوریه 2015Camp New Iraq (Formerly Ashraf), now  HQ of Anti ISIS forces in Dialy provance

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