Photo Credit: Book cover, 10 Tage im 'Islamischen Staat'
Jürgen Todenhöfer with ISIS fighters

( German author and politician Jürgen Todenhöfer, 75, who in 2014 visited Syria and Iraq as the first Western journalist to be allowed extensive access to ISIS-controlled territories and to return safely, has now published a book titled “Inside IS – Ten Days in the Islamic State,” in which he suggests that “the west is drastically underestimating the power of ISIS,” and declares in no uncertain terms that “the terrorists plan on killing several hundred million people,” The Express reported.

Todenhöfer writes that ISIS’ ambition is to secure atomic weapons, comparing the Islamic army to a “nuclear tsunami preparing the largest religious cleansing in history.”


Back in 2014, in a TV interview with RTL TV two days after his return to Germany, Todenhöfer said ISIS has “social welfare,” a “school system,” and even plans to provide education to girls.

On the other hand, he was most concerned by ISIS fighters’ belief that “all religions who agree with democracy have to die.” He kept hearing that ISIS wants to “conquer the world” and anyone not following their interpretation of the Koran must be killed, with the exception of the “people of the book” – Jews and Christians.

“This is the largest religious cleansing strategy that has ever been planned in human history,” Todenhöfer told RTL.

It is presumed that Todenhöfer was allowed to get into the ISIS territory because of his vociferous criticism of GW Bush’s policy in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nevertheless, Todenhöfer said that “this project was opposed by my family for seven months. My son ultimately accompanied me – against my will. He meant to protect me. And he filmed there.”

Todenhöfer says ISIS “are much stronger than we here believe. They now control land greater in size than the United Kingdom and are supported by an almost ecstatic enthusiasm the like of which I’ve never encountered before in a war zone. Every day hundreds of willing fighters from all over the world come.”

He thinks the beheadings “have been established as a strategy … to spread fear and terror among their enemies. This worked well — look at the capture of Mosul [which was] taken with fewer than 400 fighters! They are the most brutal and most dangerous enemy I have ever seen in my life.”

As to the rest of the world, Todenhöfer says, “I don’t see anyone who has a real chance to stop them. Only Arabs can stop IS. I came back very pessimistic.”


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  1. God bless you mr. Mustafa Öner, because only Muslim who kills a Muslim. I’ve never seen Catholic or any other religion in the 21st century as far as killing Muslims. The world is shocked by the events in Syria and how the ISIS kill children, women and elderly. The ISIS says they are Muslims ,careful with your racist comments!

  2. I live a block from a Yemeni mosque, there is a little market next to it owned by Egyptians, and there is a Yemeni restaurant across the street from where I live. There is an Israeli flag in my window, and I wear a kippah. Guess what? We all get along. When I walk to the bus stop to get to shul on Friday evening, I usually pass through men standing outside of the mosque. Guess what? Never a problem. One day, I went into the little store, and a customer greeted me with 'shalom'. As I leave, the man behind the counter and I say 'salaam'. ISIS would kill all of these people because they do not follow the 'correct' interpretation of the Koran. Due to the actions of murderous Islamist fanatics, people tend to see all Muslims from that perspective.

    America has included Muslim citizens for many generations and there have been no acts of terrorism. Until lately, and those were committed by the aforementioned fanatics. I live in San Francisco and have been accosted on the street for being Jewish. Not once by a Muslim. None of the hateful anti-Semitic remarks I have heard here have been from Muslims.

    I am hoping to move to Israel next year, and will be in a country surrounded by Muslims who seek the annihilation of Israel and the extermination of all Jews living there. Those are not the same as my neighbors. In a couple of cities such as New York, areas of the city with a dense Muslim population have wanted to have Sharia law. It won't happen. There are radical imams in those areas, so there will be some conflict. We have nothing like that here, so far.

    The worst thing we can do is have an 'us/them' outlook. There is hope, and if we work toward living peacefully together and do not demonize entire peoples, we will have given our children a less angry world.

  3. Alan Kardon Well–if they plan on conquering us, then they shouldn't use nuclear weapons. Cause they wouldn't be able to live here. No one would. Like I keep saying–its's not about the land, but the people. They want to kill as many as they can.

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