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Working for the Islamic State

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Working for the Islamic State features twenty-nine year old Abu Hashim, an imprisoned former ISIS driver interviewed in Baghdad by Anne Speckhard and Ardian Shajkovci in January of 2018. This counter narrative video clip is produced by the ICSVE team and underlines the costs of getting involved with ISIS.

Abu Hashim begins the video telling how he delivered bomb-rigged vehicles for ISIS, after which they were used in suicide attacks. He coldly states that he did it for the money and didn’t care about the carnage they caused. After driving for ISIS more than once, he became trapped into working further for them as they threatened to expose him if he tried to stop. Each of the four times that Abu Hashim delivered vehicles he was paid approximately $125, money he used to buy things he needed for living.  He says he kept his activities secret from his girlfriend who would have left him had she known.

Abu Hashim tried to join the flow of refugees going to Germany but didn’t manage it and was arrested instead. While he states that he didn’t concern himself with the explosions and deaths caused by the car bombs he delivered, he later admits that he did suffer serious posttraumatic effects. He was racked with guilt and obsessive thoughts about what had happened, was unable to sleep and lost weight. When he did sleep, he would wake choking and terrified. Filled with remorse, Abu Hashim fears that Allah will not forgive him.

He now refers to ISIS as murderers and warns the viewer not to join as the result is only killing, blood and bombing, saying that they were incapable of creating a real state. He asks the viewer if he is okay with killing, and warns again not to join—the result will be either prison or death.

Source: ICSVE

The International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE) is an action based, interdisciplinary, research center working on psychosocial, cultural, political, economic, ideological, and technological topics impacting global peace and security. http://www.icsve.org

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India’s and Pakistan’s attitude towards Afghanistan | podcast

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The CIA, MI6 and the Russian Security Council have recently pointed out that India is emerging as a global hub for the development of intelligence operations on Afghan soil, while also becoming the vital sponsor of the military opposition to the Taliban.You are listening to the podcast version of the article: https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2021/11/16/indias-and-pakistans-attitude-towards-afghanistan/

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Afghanistan: The Humanitarian Imperative Must Come First to Avoid Catastrophe | podcast

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The international community must urgently step-up direct funding through United Nations agencies and NGOs to provide Afghan girls & boys with the life-saving support they need now. You are listening to the podcast version of the article: https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2021/11/14/afghanistan-the-humanitarian-imperative-must-come-first-to-avoid-catastrophe/

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Being Black in the Bundestag | podcast

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The official dress down as Chancellor for Angela Merkel is in full swing. Recently, the first significant step that would shape Germany’s policies in the next political dispensation took place in Berlin; that day the parliament swore-in legislators who had been elected few weeks earlier.You are listening to the podcast version of the article: https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2021/11/13/being-black-in-the-bundestag/

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