Captured Tunisian ISIS Fighter Confesses Muslim Brotherhood Encouraged Jihad in Syria
A 34-year-old Tunisian ISIS fighter captured by Kurdish forces in Raqaa recently spoke to reporter Jenan Moussa of Al-Aan TV. When asked why he had joined the terrorist organization, the fighter confessed that Ennahda -- the Muslim Brotherhood affiliate in Tunisia -- had encouraged young fighters to join the jihad in Syria.
It's not a coincidence, then, that Tunisia had the largest number of foreign fighters in Syria.
This deflates much of the U.S. think-tank and media establishment narrative that the Muslim Brotherhood serves as a "firewall" against jihadist groups:
Moussa's report on her interview with the ISIS fighter can be found here (in Arabic):
She explains that during her two-hour interview with the captured ISIS fighter, they covered how he got to Syria, the travails of one American ISIS operative, and how he now wants to return to living with his wife and kids. He also explained that his motivation for joining ISIS was that the Muslim Brotherhood in Tunisia -- which was the majority party in the government at that time -- actively encouraged fighters to go to Syria and allowed that message in the mosques:
It's remarkable that he claims they were promised no repercussions upon their return to Tunisia. The returning jihadist fighter problem is one vexing Tunisia, as well as a number of other countries (including the U.S.) with large numbers of citizens who fought in Syria:
An estimated 6,000 jihadists from Tunisia went to Syria, making it the country with the largest number of foreign fighters:
Going back to May 2013, the secular opposition parties charged Ennahda with encouraging the recruitment of fighters for Syria and looking the other way when they traveled:
But it's not like Ennahda's role in sending jihadists to Syria has been a secret: