The first hint of his alleged involvement with the dreaded Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was from the former head of Department of the School of Performing Arts of the University of Ghana, Africanus Aveh, who, after reading the media report that one of the former students of his department, Badhan Diallo, is the one recruiting Ghanaian graduates into the terrorist group, had called to express his shock.
“Have u read the Daily GUIDE today? He asked one of his former students, to which he intoned: “No Sir, but let me check”. That at set the tone for the shock-waves that is sweeping through the academic community; with the student body gawking on how such a laid-back Guinean resident in Ghana got himself into an organization whose modus operandi is to publicly behead it opponents or those they regard as infidels.
From the slight dapper he was, right from the day he set foot on the university campus in the 2010/2011 academic year, till when he completed last year, after majoring in Radio and TV Production in 2014, Badhan Diallo, according to his course mates was very strong with his faith.
“Even when we were staging the ‘Alien King’, because the play had a Muslim setting he was very particular about how those playing the character of the Muslims performed ablution and, therefore, taught them how they should sit. He was friendly, very friendly to those that were closer to him, so I’m surprised at this news today”, his course mate, whom we garb with the cloak of anonymity, told this paper yesterday from the university campus.
As a resident of Jean Nelson Hall on the university campus, the youngman reported to be recruiting men for ISIS was always motivated, quiet most of the time yet friendly, and always wanted to be a part of something, the paper gathered.
Badhan Diallo, who starred in Kongi’s Harvest, one of the plays that was staged in the Drama Studio of the performing art department as a photographer, our findings revealed, is also a writer with a Google blog, captioned: Writers Thinking Allowed- Freedom of Expression to Think and Write.
Aside that, he is also a member of Sadaqa Train Gh, which is made up of young vibrant Muslim youth that have taken it upon themselves to identify deprived communities in Ghana, where they undertake dawah and Sadaqa activities.
Diallo, skeptics believe may have been recruited into the ISIS through the Sadaqa TrainGh as he has been praised for being a committed member of the group.
Meanwhile, all efforts to reach Diallo on his cell phone since yesterday has hit on a snag as his 0247…93 number was switched off. Read one of Badhan Diallo’s write up on: http://t.co/McQ73LYG
Our search on the internet revealed ISIS as: The self-proclaimed Islamic State is a militant movement that has conquered territory in western Iraq and eastern Syria, where it has made a bid to establish a state in territories that encompass some six and a half million residents. Though spawned by al-Qaeda’s Iraq franchise, it split with Osama bin Laden’s organization and evolved to not just employ terrorist and insurgent tactics, but the more conventional ones of an organized militia.
In June 2014, after seizing territories in Iraq’s Sunni heartland, including the cities of Mosul and Tikrit, the Islamic State proclaimed itself a caliphate, claiming exclusive political and theological authority over the world’s Muslims. Its state-building project, however, has been characterized more by extreme violence than institution building. Beheadings of Western hostages and other provocative acts, circulated by well-produced videos and social media, spurred calls in the United States and Europe for military intervention, while mass violence against local civilians, justified by references to the Prophet Mohammed’s early followers, has been a tool for cementing territorial control. Widely publicized battlefield successes have attracted thousands of foreign recruits, a particular concern of Western intelligence.
What are the Islamic State's origins?
The group that calls itself the Islamic State can trace its lineage to the aftermath of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, in 2003. The Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi aligned his Jama’at al-Tawhidw’al-Jihad with al-Qaeda, making it al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI).
Source: The New Crusading Guide
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