MOSUL, IRAQ – Years after the organization known as the Islamic State (ISIS) succumbed to international military forces in Iraq and Syria the group’s former leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, took a moment to reflect on some of their actions over the past decade; one of which being the January 2016 attack on Jakarta, Indonesia, the most populous Muslim country in the world.
“In hindsight that was kind of silly,” said the former ISIS leader during an exclusive interview with longtime journalist Christiane Amanpour, “I mean, there we were trying to get everyone to believe that Muslims want to take over the world and then we go and bomb the most populous Muslim nation on earth!”
“It kind of sent a mixed message,” he continued.
Since the Islamic State’s demise, a great deal of information has been leaked documenting the organization’s plan to use scare tactics to turn the Western world against followers of Islam living within their countries.
Their hope, according the documents, was to alienate these Muslims and subsequently drive them to take on ISIS’ mission to create a modern-day caliphate.
“Unfortunately for ISIS this mission somehow got lost in translation,” said Mohamed Sennawy, senior policy advisor for the Washington DC-based Center for Middle Eastern Studies, “attacks like the one in Jakarta just revealed how instead of purely religious fanatics these guys were actually just sick [expletive].”