Global news outlet Vice News has had a man undercover in Iraq and Syria capturing behind-the-scenes footage of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror group as they spread jihad throughout the Middle East.
Head of Vice News Europe, Kevin Sutcliffe appeared on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos and spoke with guest host Martha Raddatz, describing the scenes they've witnessed and captured on video.
"The Islamic militant group in ISIS is so extreme that traditional al Qaeda has disavowed it," Raddatz's voice-over explained. Other images show families enjoying a dip in the Euphrates while a young boy explains his wishes for his future:
In the name of god, my name is Daoud and I'm 14 years old. I'd like to join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and to kill with them.
The footage shows the American military treasures stolen from Iraq on proud display as terror members do donuts in tanks in celebration and in hopes to attract more recruits from around the world. One member is filmed making a bold threat to the United States:
I say to America, don't be cowards and attack us with drones. Instead, send your soldiers, the ones we humiliated in Iraq. We will humiliate them everywhere, god willing, and we will raise the flag of Allah in the White House.
As men sing "Beautiful virgins are calling. Enroll me as a martyr," children dance with AK-47s and men grin from ear to ear. They join in an exuberant call and response:
When I shout, 'the Caliphate,' you say, 'established.'
Sutcliffe explains the rapid growth of ISIS:
Well, less than a year ago, when Vice News started covering the whole issue of Syria, ISIS, as they were then, were one of the small factions fighting other Islamic factions. And they were just in the mix in the civil war in Syria. They've professionalized; they've added a command and control structure; they're an army now. And you can see the way they swept across into Iraq, dissolving the border, and establishing the Caliphate. This is a force to be reckoned with. They've now got weapons they have looted from Iraq. They've brought them back to Rakka -- as you saw our filmmaker was in Rakka for weeks -- American weapons, tanks. He was there for three weeks and he saw how they're establishing a state.
Raddatz inquired how ISIS holds the territories they capture. Sutcliffe explained that Sharia law is in full force as religious police walk around, enforcing the law fully armed. Even minor infractions could result in prison or other harsh punishments:
We see in our film, a poster being put up -- which is a bit of a Western film poster -- the demand is to take it down. Women are told to put hijabs on to cover. This is done at the point of a gun. The religious police are armed and everybody knows that you'll be going to prison and a Sharia judge could give you an amazing punishment.
Raddatz asked what affects the recent air strikes will have on the group and Sutcliffe had a troubling response:
They've got 30%-40% territory now. They are expanding now -- they are expansionists. I think they will welcome the attention that the air strikes have brought them -- the world attention. And I think they have no fear. You know, they're on a mission from god. They're very fundamentalist in their approach, and I think we're just going to see more of this. We're not going to see less. They are on the march.