ISIS jihadi vows “new conquests in the future. We will seek vengeance, there will be blood up to your knees.”

There are doubtless many Western analysts and foreign policy “experts” who believe that Islamic State jihadis will now return to normal lives, like ordinary soldiers of a conventional defeated army. These analysts do not recognize, or refuse to accept, that jihadis consider themselves to be only the latest wave in a 1,400-year war, a war they will pass on to their children and grandchildren. The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS shows that jihadis throughout history never give up and accept defeat, because their impetus to warfare is based on what they consider to be a divine imperative.

“‘Blood up to your knees’: defeated IS jihadists still defiant,” by Rouba El Husseini, AFP, March 8, 2019:

Near Baghouz (Syria) (AFP) – Defeated but unrepentant, some jihadists limping out of their besieged final bastion in eastern Syria still praise the Islamic State and promise bloody vengeance against its enemies….

But for Umm Mohammed, a 47-year-old woman from Iraq’s Anbar province, the men who have fled are “the cowards and the meek”.

As for the women, “we left because we are a heavy burden on the men”, she says.

“We are waiting for the (next) conquest, God willing.”

Nearby, a little boy hums a jihadist anthem as he walks beside his mother, his jacket covered with dust.

The so-called “cubs of the caliphate” — boys raised under IS rule and trained to fight from a young age — are the reason the group will survive, another Iraqi woman says.

“The caliphate will not end, because it has been ingrained in the hearts and brains of the newborns and the little ones,” says the 60-year-old, refusing to give her name.

Many women tell AFP that they want to raise their children on the ideology of the caliphate, even as its territorial presence fizzles out.

Abdul Monhem Najiyya is more ambivalent about the group.

“There was an implementation of God’s law, but there was injustice,” he says, claiming he worked as an accountant for IS.

“The leaders stole money… and fled,” he says. “We stayed until the bullets flew over our heads.”

The 30-year-old with white hair prays for the “caliphate” and wishes IS “many conquests” to come….

One woman, who says she is from Damascus, tells AFP: “We have left, but there will be new conquests in the future”.

Speaking from behind a veil that covers her face, she says: “We will seek vengeance, there will be blood up to your knees.”

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