A disturbing new report claims that ISIS terrorists have been distributing “passports to paradise” in a desperate effort to convince potential fighters that rewards await them in the afterlife so long as they continue to fight for the militant group’s interests.
The purported passports were discovered amid ISIS’s attempts to retain control of the group’s self-described capital in Raqqa, Syria, according to the Daily Mail.
The documents, which the outlet describes as “professionally printed,” are green and include gold writing, with the words “Passport to Paradise” on the cover as well as text of the Islamic shahada, which reads, “No God but Allah, Muhammed is the Messenger of God.”
ISIS fighters are given 'passports to paradise' https://t.co/aYsubXna9T
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) June 27, 2017
Inside, the contents include Koranic verses in both Arabic and English that are aimed at encouraging militants to use car bombs and suicide attempts. ISIS’s idea is reportedly to use the document in an effort to motivate fighters to take action, telling them that they will end up in “paradise” after their deaths if they comply.
The passport, which tells fighters that they won’t be able to visit hell but will one day end up in heaven, includes Arabic titles for both heaven and hell. The documents were reportedly recently discovered by the Syrian Defense Forces inside Raqqa.
The purported find comes as media reports note that ISIS could be losing its grip on Raqqa, with CNN reporting that ISIS’s attempts to build and maintain its caliphate around the Syrian city are “crumbling.”
While the end could be nearing, the BBC reported last week that tens of thousands of hostages are still trapped in the city and fall prey to the radical terror group’s horrific tactics.
EXCLUSIVE: ISIS fanatics given twisted ‘passports to paradise’ to brainwash them https://t.co/Jqow8JTB0h
— The Sun (@TheSun) June 26, 2017
“They slaughtered us,” one local man told BBC. “They told us we were unbelievers, even though we are Muslims from birth, fasting and praying.”
Despite the continued horrors, U.S.-backed fighters known as the Syrian Democratic Forces — a mixture of Kurdish and Arab soldiers — have been surrounding the city in recent days, hoping to finally take it by storm and drive ISIS from what the group considers its main terror hub.
ISIS, though, continues to push back, turning to drone warfare in an effort to stave off continued land losses, Newsweek reported.
(H/T: Daily Mail)