ISIS ‘will evolve’ warns Macer Gifford
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Speaking to Express.co.uk, Macer Gifford, who left his job as a currency trader in The City of London in 2015 to pick up a rifle and fight the Islamic State in Syria alongside Kurdish forces explained how the Islamic State have morphed into a new beast as they set about attempting to “prove to the world” they are not finished in their quest for terror. He explained how despite the collapse of the Caliphate and loss of virtually all of its territory, the group are “as much of a threat today” as they continue to recruit fighters.
Mr Gifford said: “I certainly think ISIS will evolve.
“All terrorist groups are quite adaptable, you have seen it happen over the last 10/20 years how Al-Qaeda has operated and how ISIS operates as well.
“I think ISIS want to prove to the world that they will endure, that they are still a threat to the west and still a force to be reckoned with.”
Mr Gifford explained how this core belief is central to their “proppaganda” and a vital part of their ideology that drives supporters towards the “mythical image” they espouse as a group.
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The former volunteer fighter went on to outline how the group has gathered momentum across the world as various splinter groups based in locations stretching anywhere from India to the Congo to Mozambique all swear allegiance to ISIS.
Mr Gifford said how the group will continue to “try and hit anywhere” and “any target” despite their depleted territorial claims and size.
He joked: “If Boris Johnson stubs his toes, the Islamic State will be the first people to claim it was them that did it.”
The Kurdish fighter, who served three tours of Syria, explained how this is a problem as it means the group will continue to pose a considerable threat across the globe and continue in its recruitment of brainwashed fighters willing to carry on its campaign of sheer evil and terror.
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He highlighted: “The fact is that ISIS are being as aggressive as possible to make sure that their terror lives on and spreads.”
And in a sobering warning, Macer said the group “are as much of a threat today as they were before”.
He concluded how the group are simply not battling to hold onto territory in Syria and Iraq anymore and this makes them a dangerous threat that will continue to trouble the west.
Mr Gifford said Islamic “have almost been freed of that battle” adding how this “allows them to evolve and become like Al-Qaeda where they are harder to pin down.”
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Following the comments about the threat of Daesh, a government spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “As a leading member of the Global Coalition, our priority is to ensure the safety and security of the UK and we will do whatever is necessary to protect the UK from those who pose a threat to our security.
“The UK works closely with a range of international partners to address the threat posed by Daesh and Daesh fighters.
“Individuals who have fought for, or supported Daesh, should face justice and accountability through prosecution in the most appropriate jurisdiction, often in the region where the crimes took place.”
Macer Gifford joined the fight against ISIS in November 2015 at the age of 27. He fought in Raqqa, Syria with the MFS (Syriac Military Council) and served for three years in the SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) before coming home to Britain where he wrote a book on his experience: Fighting Evil: The Ordinary Man who went to War Against ISIS.
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