South Asian Muslims, including Indians are not considered good enough to fight in the conflict zone of Iraq and Syria by the terrorist group ISIS. South Asian Muslims, including the Indians are treated inferior than Arab fighters but often tricked and pushed into suicide attacks by ISIS.
An intelligence report prepared by foreign agencies which is shared with the Indian agencies states that, fighters from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan as well as few countries like Nigeria and Sudan are considered inferior than the Arab fighters who are considered superior by ISIS.
A clear hierarchy is seen where the Arab fighters are preferred as officer cadre and are given much better arms and ammunition, equipment, salaries and, accommodation.
The South Asian fighters are usually kept together in groups in very small barracks and are paid very less as compared to the Arab fighters and the fighting equipment which are provided are also of inferior quality- as per inputs received.
Reports also state that these ‘inferior fighters’ as called by ISIS are also, sometimes, tricked into suicide attacks. Commonly they are given a vehicle which is loaded with explosives and ordered to go near a targeted destination, where they call a certain number, who comes purportedly and meet them to explain the actual mission.
However, as soon as this fighter dials the specified number, the vehicle explodes due to a pre-set mechanism designed to destroy a specific target.
As per reports, 6 Indians of a total of 23 Indians who joined the ISIS have been killed in different incidents. The names of the dead are: Mohammad Umar Subhan (Karnataka), Athif Vaseem Mohammad (Telangana), Maulana Abdul Kadir Sultan Armar (Karnataka), Faiz Masood (Karnataka), Saheem Farooque Tanki (Maharashtra), and Mohammad Sajid alias Bada Sajid (UP).
A disproportionately high level of casualty is observed among the African foreign terrorist and South Asian and fighters as per the intelligence report. As they are forced to the frontlines of battle as foot warriors.
The Arab fighters who have better battle experience are mostly positioned behind these fighters and hence their casualties are comparably less in terms of their total numbers. This explains the reason behind the death of so many Indians.
As per the intelligence reports, foreign fighters of China, India, Nigeria and Pakistan are housed together and very closely monitored by the ISIS Police.
Fighters from Tunisian, Palestinian, Saudi Arabian, Iraqi and Syrian origin only are allowed to be in the ISIS Police force, and fighters from all other nationalities are not allowed to be members of this group.
Hence, there is a clear low trust factor is seen between the dominant Arab fighters and other nationalities, who are majorly attracted to ISIS through its classy propaganda techniques on the Web Internet.
As per information that the ISIS considers Islam, as practised in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh as an absconder and a departure from the actual teachings of the Quran and Hadith, which makes them less inspired and moved towards Salafist Jihad.
Hence reports say, that fresh recruits of ISIS from South Asia and certain other countries are brain washed to invoke the fear of ‘Jinn’, which are considered supernatural creatures in the Islamic mythology, as the intelligence input states.
The fear of ‘Jinn’ is invoked in the fresh recruits to ensure that they do not return to their origin countries on the premise that if they do so ‘Jinn’ will continue to haunt them for the rest of their lives.
Additional, the passports of these foreign terrorist fighters who come from South Asia and certain African countries are usually burnt when they arrive in Iraq-Syria. This is done to prevent them from going back to their respective countries.