A journalist has gone undercover in an investigative piece to film the inside story of ISIS, to be aired in tonight’s ABC episode of Four Corners.
The episode is called ‘Soldiers of Allah: Going undercover with an ISIS terror cell’, and follows a reporter who for six months infiltrated and secretly filmed a terrorist cell for six months.
“With a tiny hidden camera, I am going to try to show what happens … to show what is really going on in their heads,” the journalist said.
“You won’t see my face. You won’t hear my real voice…I am a Muslim and a journalist. I can go to places that my colleagues can’t.”
Deep undercover, posing as a fellow follower of ISIS, he joined this group of young men who called themselves “Soldiers of Allah” and he captured it all on camera.
“I have to be careful, one mistake and I’ll be found out.”
Meeting in parks and fast food restaurants, they declare their hatred for anyone failing to follow their version of Islam, especially other less fanatical Muslims.
The group started making attempts to turn these words into actions, and using guidance from an ISIS handler recently returned from Syria, they start sourcing weapons and drawing up a list of targets. The priorities: military bases and television broadcasters.
“Blood needs to run. It needs to run a lot. They have to die in their thousands,” they claimed.
This film from France takes you deep inside the minds of ISIS loyals, with the undercover reporter finding himself sent to rendezvous points where messages are passed hand to hand with instructions to prepare for a suicide mission.
The authorities eventually swooped in and he cut off contact, but it doesn’t end there.
“After six months of infiltrating the group, I received a message that made the consequences clear, “you’re dead”,” the reporter said.
Soldiers of Allah reported by Said Ramzy for Canal + and presented by Sarah Ferguson goes to air on Monday 11 July at 8.30pm on ABC & iview.