July 16 2016 – Sydney Morning Herald

I wrap a checked shirt around my head and pull up the hoodie to conceal my face. Holding a makeshift Islamic State flag on a piece of paper, I take a deep breath, then I hit “Record” on my phone.

“I pledge my allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the caliphate Dawlat al-Islam.”

Then I hit send.

It’s June 29, 2015. I’m a journalist, and I’ve just pledged my allegiance to the Islamic State.

Three hours later I get a response. Melbourne recruiter Neil Prakash, one of Australia’s top Islamic State leaders, writes back from Syria using Surespot, one of the many new, encrypted instant messaging services used by terrorists and radicals. (Prakash was later reported killed in a bombing raid, though some in the counter-terrorism community have doubts about his death.)

Click the following the link to keep reading.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/my-year-undercover-with-australias-islamic-radicals-20160615-gpjtoi.html

 


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