Militants fighting for the Islamic State in Syria are seeking to attract more foreign recruits by opening two English-language schools in the terror group’s de facto capital city.
Activists working undercover in the ISIS stronghold Raqqa uncovered plans for two schools – one for boys and one for girls – where most lessons will be taught in English, not the local Arabic dialect.
The plans are just ISIS’ latest attempt to build establish a fully-functioning state within the vast swathes of Syria and Iraq it controls through a campaign of rape, massacre and brutal oppression.
Last summer the terror group declared the territory a so-called caliphate and said it as the duty of all Muslims around the world to live under the regime. Since then tens of thousands of foreigners have done just that, with English becoming a lingua franca among the militants and their families.
Details of the two new English language schools were revealed by a local activist named Abu Ibrahim Raqqawi, whose group ‘Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently’ operate undercover in the city to expose ISIS atrocities and report on local developments in the terror stronghold.
He uploaded a photograph to Twitter showing a typed-poster that had been put up informing local fighters that the two schools are soon to open.