How to travel to Syria these days

A well known European fighter within the ranks of the Islamic State has posted practical guidelines for those who want to travel to Syria these days. “Don’t behave like warriors, but like tourists”, he says. We publish some excerpts, not to assist the future fighters (they still will need the necessary contacts of course), but to illustrate how the journeys are made.

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Bismilahi Rahmani Rahim

Message to all those who want to come…

1) Rumours that the borders are closed are completely false.

2) Take as little luggage as possible with you. Maximum one or two large pieces each. Try to take something that is easy to carry. Nothing without handles – LOL

3) Crossing the border is done by foot. It’s about 200 metres and it is quiet.

4) For the sisters it is necessary to avoid the niqab. Just wear a hijab and dress yourself the Turkish way.

5) For the sisters, avoid to come on your own, unless you really have no choice. Minimum two sisters is good.

6) For couples and families, mentally prepare yourself to be separated for a month to six weeks after your arrival. Since the men will immediately depart to a training camp, while their relatives go to a villa where other families are staying. For those who know brothers or sisters able to take their family in, arrange with them that they pick up your wife or family at the villa. But hey, that’s very rare.

7) Take all your precious belongings with you in a handbag, not in your luggage.

8) For those who are coming by car, at this moment cars cannot enter. It is necessary to park the car at a spot where you don’t have to pay, take a picture of it, write down the address and give that to the brothers. It’s possible that this problem will be solved in the near future and the cars can enter again.

9) Avoid to take your entire house with you! Everything you need is available here, be it clothes or things for your home, we have everything. It’s better to carry cash with you and buy it here.

10) I have all the information about the route to follow and the phone numbers to call. But expect a series of questions and excuse me if I don’t answer the phone. We cannot trust everyone.

11) Buy an anonymous phone card at home that lets you make a phone call in Turkey.

12) Don’t behave like a warrior. Shave your beards, behave like tourists and buy tickets back and forth.

13) Say the prayers of the voyager, and bismilah, may Allah guide you and blind the kuffar.

 

 



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