Kuwait national gave $1K to ISIS recruit Areeb Majeeb

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: May 23, 2015 20:54 IST

A Kuwait national helped Areeb Majeed, the Kalyan youth who joined the outlawed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), with 1,000 US dollars while he was in Baghdad.

Investigations by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) have revealed that after reaching Iraq, Majeed bought Iraqi SIM cards and contacted an Afghan national Rahman Dawlaty for money.

Dawlaty then asked Majeed to get in touch with the Kuwait national Abdulla Hadi Abdul Rehman Alenezi. Following a conversation on an instant messaging app, Alenezi sent him 1,000 US dollars via Western Union Money Transfer.

In May 2014, Majeeb, along with three other men from Kalyan, left home for Baghdad as part of a pilgrimage, and then allegedly joined the ISIS.

The NIA, which filed a charge sheet against Majeed, said the Kalyan youth got involved with ISIS after reading about their ideologies on various social networking websites.

Majeed started reading various literatures and religious books and watching videos on the Internet related to ISIS and Jihad, states the NIA charge sheet.

Majeed, who wanted to join ISIS, contacted people from various countries such as Australia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and America. Two people — Abu Rami from Iraq and Abu Fallujah from Turkey — played a key role in aiding Majeed and his friends join ISIS.

Once Majeed and his friends reached Iraq and were recruited into ISIS, Abu Muhammed Iraqi, the then Ameer (chief) of Iraq and Syria to Hudood Centre, personally took them to Raqqah city in Syria, where all the four youths underwent training in explosives.

After Majeed got injured in a fight and later in a US-led bombing mission, he decided to return to spread Jihad in India. Before leaving for India, Majeed had joined Tasnia – the ministry of defence and development in Syria and started working in the civil construction department. Here, he had met Abu Hammam Iraqi, Ameer (chief) of Tasnia. He left for India with his permission.

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