Kashmiri youth believed to have joined ISIS captured in Syria, family seeks Govt’s help to bring him back: Report

A Kashmiri youth, who reportedly joined ISIS is believed to be in the custody of US-led forces in Syria after hundreds of fighters surrendered in March, reported the Economic Times.

 

According to the report, Aadil Ahmad Wada is believed to have informed his family — based in the Jawahar Nagar locality of Srinagar — about the development through an audio message on March 25. The family has since approached Jammu & 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 started after a new government assumes office in New Delhi.

 

Wada apparently informed his family 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, who has an MBA from Queensland University in Australia, is believed to have joined ISIS in 2013, when he allegedly misinformed his family that he got a job in an NGO in Turkey, after struggling to find one in Australia, Qatar and Dubai.

 

“They were surrounded by the US forces and asked to surrender. Then they performed Istikhara (a prayer recited by Muslims when in need of guidance in life) and decided to surrender along with their weaponry as many women and children were part of this large group,” Fayaz Ahmad Wada, father of Aadil, who was in touch with him till March 25, told ET.

 

Days later following another attack they lost touch with their son, Wada added.

Wada had married a dutch national and had a five year old son too. However, he died before they were captured as they couldn’t get enough food for him.