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Western journalist given access to ISIS warns it’s ‘more dangerous than we think’

The first western journalist in the world to be allowed extensive access to Isis territories in Syria and Iraq has returned from the region with a warning: the group is “much stronger and much more dangerous” than anyone in the west realises.

Jurgen Todenhofer, 74, is a renowned German journalist and publicist who travelled through Turkey to Mosul, the largest city occupied by Isis, after months of negotiations with the group’s leaders.
He plans to publish a summary of his “10 days in the Islamic State” on Monday, but in interviews with German-language media outlets has revealed his first impressions of what life is like under Isis.
Speaking to the website Der tz, Todenhofer revealed that he actually stayed in the same hotel in Benghazi as James Foley, the US journalist who was beheaded on camera by ISIS in August.
“Of course, I’ve seen the terrible, brutal video and it was one of my main concerns during the negotiations as to how I can avoid (the same fate),” he said.

Once within Isis territory, Todenhofer said his strongest impression was “that Isis is much stronger than we think here”. He said it now has “dimensions larger than the UK”, and is supported by “an almost ecstatic enthusiasm that I have never encountered in any other warzone”.
 “Each day, hundreds of willing fighters arrive from all over the world,” he told tz. “For me it is incomprehensible.” 
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