A Kashmiri youth named Aadil Ahmad Wada, who had allegedly joined the ISIS in 2013 has reportedly been arrested by the US-allied forces in Syria. Wada, an MBA from Queensland University in Australia, is believed to have informed his parents living in the Jawahar Nagar locality of Srinagar about his arrest through an audio message on March 25.
“We have been surrounded by US forces. I am performing Istikhara (special prayer by Muslims when in need of guidance) and we have decided to surrender with the family,” Adil told his father Fayaz Ahmad Wada in his last voice note. This confirms that he along with over 1,500 ISIS fighters and their families were intercepted and captured by US-led forces around March in Syria.
Wada’s family has since then been approaching Jammu and Kashmir police and other agencies seeking help to bring their son back. They have also sought an appointment with Governor Satya Pal Malik. The authorities have reportedly informed the family that the process would be initiated after the new government assumes office in New Delhi.
Wada had reportedly lied to his parents that he had got a job in an NGO in Turkey, after struggling to find one in Australia, Qatar, and Dubai. After migrating to ISIS-controlled Syria, he married a Dutch woman who had also joined the terror group.
After completing his MBA in Australia, Adil left for Turkey via Jordan on June 21, 2013, on an Indian passport after allegedly getting in touch with some radical groups based in Australia.
His family had been claiming that Adil was working in Syria and neighbouring countries, till his father received a message from his Dutch wife that she and their son were in custody of the US-allied forces.
Adil’s wife, according to the officials, contacted her husband’s family after being given access to the International Committee of Red Cross.
Meanwhile, Adil’s father, Ahmad said, “I have now approached the state authorities seeking help to bring back my son,” and added, “I have been informed that a formal process will start only after the new government assumes office in New Delhi.”
Last year we had reported how a 19-year-old Kashmiri student named Ehtisham Bilal, pursuing engineering at Uttar Pradesh’s Sharda University, had joined the terror group Islamic State (IS).
According to the reports, a picture of Ehtisham Bilal carrying a gun with an ISIS flag in the background had surfaced on social media, causing concerns that he had joined the Islamic terrorist outfit. In a purported audio message that had gone viral on social media, the B Tech student identified as Ehtisham Bilal pledged his allegiance to the ‘Islamic State’ group led by Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.
We had earlier reported regarding a Muslim youth named Ashfaque Majeed who had allegedly joined the IS after he was brainwashed by Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation’s manager Arshi Qureshi. According to police, Majeed was belived to have fled the country along with his wife, one-year-old toddler daughter and other youngsters in 2016 to join the ISIS Terror ranks.