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1- #BREAK North of Raqqa, I met Lebanese wife of Tunisian ISIS fighter. Tried to flee Raqqa to Turkey. Caught by Kurds. Now in refugee camp.
2- Give me a sec and I'll explain in English in couple of tweets what the Lebanese wife of the Tunisian ISIS fighter told me.
3- North of Raqqa I met 7wives (Lebanese, Tunisian, Dagestan, Syrian) of foreign ISIS fighters (French, Malaysian, Tunisian, Turk) @akhbar
4- I also saw this Indonesian ISIS family who traveled to Raqqa to join ISIS. Refused to talk to me, claiming "we are victims of ISIS."
5- When Syrian refugees from Raqqa heard Indonesian ISIS family saying "we are victims of ISIS", women refugees almost wanted 2beat them up.
6- The Raqqa women wanted to beat up Indonesian ISIS family, shouting: What r u doing in our county? U r responsible for our misery. @akhbar
7- For safety reasons ISIS families in camp north of Raqqa r kept by SDF in separate corner bcz Raqqa refugees want to beat ISIS people.
8- Indonesia women told me: "ISIS deceived us with propaganda." I said: "So u saw beheading vids &thought: Great, lets join ISIS?" No reply.
9- Important to note these foreign ISIS families DIDN'T surrender to SDF but tried 2sneak from Raqqa to Turkey &were caught by SDF. @akhbar
10- After ISIS families from Raqqa r caught by SDF, they are interrogated &either put in prison or in special part of refugee camp. @akhbar
11- I guess eventually their embassies will try to get these ISIS people back home. Or maybe let them stay in camp. I dont know. @akhbar
12- Back to the Lebanese wife of an ISIS fighter in my interview above, her name is Nour AlHoda. She says she totally regrets joining ISIS.
13- She explained how ISIS locked women up in guest houses in Raqqa. Said her kids got sick, they didn't let her take them to hospital.
14- Off camera I asked her if she had "Sabaya", female slaves. She said no but knew of 9yr old slave who was raped, needed medic afterwards.
15- All these ISIS wives that I met (my full report out tomorrow) want to go home. They say they regret joining ISIS. Can't tell if sincere.
16- To be honest with u, when I was interviewing ISIS wives I couldnt help but wonder how they would've treated me if I were caught by ISIS.
17- As u know, I work for Arabic @akhbar TV. When I read comments on my vids, I'm terrified by how many ppl wish I am taken slave by ISIS.
18- So I'm obsessed with the topic. I asked these ISIS wives, did u help any slave to escape ISIS? They said some wives did out of jealousy.
19- I was shocked when I heard this answer. Wives of ISIS fighters didn't help Yazidi slaves to escape bcz they were raped day & night.
20- Some ISIS wives allowed slaves to flee bcz they were jealous their husbands slept more with the slaves. Not bcz they wanted 2 help them.
21- This is me sitting with the wives & kids of ISIS fighters. I'll share more details with you tomorrow after my report is aired. @akhbar
22- That's it for now. Tomorrow more interesting stuff. Good night everyone.

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Sep 17, 2018
1/ Much cultural heritage was destroyed in Mid-East. Look at Palmyra, Mosul...

Luckily ancient Greek city of Cyrene in east Libya was spared.

We took a drone to Cyrene +horse tracks of Benghazi +ruins of Susa.

Fly with me above a Libya u don't often see
2/ Cyrene (in the town of Shahat) is just a stunning place.

Luckily ISIS/Qaeda never reached it but were kept near to Derna, around 60 km to the east. Nothing in Cyrene was vandalized.

The tribe of Shahhat protects this historic site.

3/ These days Cyrene is open to the public.

Not a lot of foreign visitors due to Libya's problems but many local people visit it.

I wouldn't say it was crowded but I saw around 100 visitors in one afternoon.

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Sep 11, 2018
1/ Six yrs after US consulate attack in Benghazi, I got NEW FOOTAGE.

In Benghazi I identified 17 extremists seen near/in consulate during attack.

6 out of 17 are in vid.

Witnesses say: Most of 17 killed/fled city. 1 lives in Berlin. 1 might be in Sweden
2/ As you know by now, my tv report for @akhbar is in Arabic.

But please do follow this thread where I will tweet out the relevant details in English.

3/ Ten days ago I left Benghazi where I spent 3 weeks.

Ansar al-Sharia, the terrorist group that attacked US consulate on 11 Sept 2012 is now dismantled, defeated by Libyan army.

Although it happened 6 yrs ago, I used my time in #Benghazi to re-investigate the attack.

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Sep 5, 2018
As world focused on ISIS in Raqqa& Mosul, another city was destroyed: Benghazi.

After ISIS &AlQaeda took city in 2014, Libyan army fought extremists &defeated them end 2017.

Price of victory high.

Our drone footage shows what's left of center Benghazi

2/ I have to tell you that when I recently arrived in Benghazi, I was really shocked by the destruction of the city.

Much worse than I thought it was.

As you can see in our drone video, center is fully destroyed during fighting between extremists & army.

Very painful to see.
3/ I had tears in my eyes seeing Benghazi like this. I can't even start to explain to you how the people feel.

This is for example the now destroyed court building.

This was the center of 2011 uprising against Ghadaffi. It was blown up by Al-Qaeda group Ansar al Sharia.
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Sep 4, 2018
1/ I spent 3 weeks in east #Libya.

We were 1st foreign journalists to enter Derna after Libyan army began operation to clear city from ISIS, AlQaeda etc.

Army now controls large parts of Derna but extremists still in old city.

We took drone with us.

2/ Happy to be safe after 3 weeks in east Libya. Difficult area to reach.

I met great people in Benghazi. Thank u all for keeping me safe &helping me get great stories.

I'll update this Derna-thread in English later today. But 1st let me call my mom that I'm okay.

3/ As East Libya is largely forgotten by int media, a bit of context:

Benghazi was center of Libyan uprising in 2011. After Gaddafi’s fall, extremists took advantage of the chaos.

From 2012-2014 Al-Qaeda +ISIS linked groups started reign of terror in Benghazi +Derna.

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Aug 8, 2018
1/ After recent gains by Syrian regime, all eyes now on Idlib.

Via intermediary I got in touch with 3 European jihadists in Idlib. I sent my questions+fixer to Idlib.

Jihadists expect an attack &say they'll fight till end.

My story, English subtitles.👇
2/ It's difficult to reach foreign jihadists in Idlib. And even more difficult to record interviews with them.

The 3 foreign fighters in Idlib I got in touch with via intermediary are from Holland (2) &from Belgium (1).

They've been in Syria 5+ yrs.


3/ The foreign jihadists in Idlib answered my questions in Dutch &Flemish. They also know Arabic.

Their (jihadi) names are: Abu Mohammad alHollandi, Abu Zubair alHolandi & Abu Abdul Rahman alBelgiki.

Here is same story but with Arabic subtitles. @akhbar
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1/ Today is 4th anniversary of Yazidi genocide by #ISIS. Thousands of Yazidis killed &enslaved.

In Syria I found #ISISfiles, some on treatment of women by ISIS.

Here my story for @akhbar

It's in Arabic but in thread I'll explain in English
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a. Restrictive laws mainly meant to control local female population in ISIS parts of Syria.

b. Rulings regarding behavior of ISIS-female members. What work can ISIS-women do? Can ISIS-women fight? Etc.

3/ ISIS files show court cases whereby (male) ISIS “spies” accuse Syrian females of having attended "mixed" weddings (males and females attended wedding). Also women were accused of wearing make-up.

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