By EMERSON VERMAAT
May 15, 2017 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - It occcurred on Wednesday November 12, 2014, at Baghdad’s Al-Nisour Square. A white Nissan exploded at around 12 o’clock, not far from a police station. A 19-year old-boy watched as the car bomb exploded and panic broke out. Wearing an explosive vest, he walked the short distance to the police station and detonated a very powerful nail bomb, killing at least 23 police officers and civilians, causing widespread destruction and a shock wave of revulsion and horror.
This was an ISIS operation and the killer had been trained by ISIS in Syria and Iraq. His name was Sultan Berzel, a Dutch-Moroccan from the southern Dutch city of Maastricht, a hotbed of crime and jihadism. (It is very close to the Belgian and German borders.)
Johan van de Beek and Claire van Dyck, two excellent investigative journalists from Maastricht, recently wrote the shocking book “Sultan en de Lokgroep van de Jihad” (“Sultan and the Lure of Jihad”). They refer to Sultan Berzel as a mass murderer. Sultan was born in the problematic multicultural suburb of “Wittevrouwenveld” in 1995. There are many Muslim immigrants and crime is rampant. There are parallel societies and no-go-areas in Maastricht, especially in “Wittevrouwenveld”. Few people dare to report crimes to the police. But Sultan was a decent schoolboy and had a reputation of being kind, although he usually avoided the company of girls. He later even refused to shake hands with women, especially after local Salafist Muslims converted him to their version of Islam.
“Sultan” is a Turkish name, yet his Moroccan parents opted for this first name. “Berzel” is a Berber name. Most Moroccans in Holland, Belgium and Germany are Berbers from Northern Morocco. Their poor parents or grandparents arrived as illiterate “guest workers” in the 1970s. Later, many of them were dismissed by their employers, but the former guest workers preferred to stay in Europe. Depending on welfare benefits they demanded that their equally illiterate wives would join them. This is when a real clash of civilizations began to manifest itself. The second- and third-generation was very susceptible to crime and Islamic radicalism.
Sterlina or “Lina” knew Sultan Berzel quite well, Both of them grew up in Wittevrouwenveld. While Sultan became more and interested in radical Islam, Sterlina converted to Islam and began to call herself “Aicha” (or Aysha), after Mohammed’s 6-year-old (!) child wife. Through the internet she fell in love with the Dutch-Turkish jihadist Salih Yilmaz, a typical machoistic womanizer, “married” him via Skype and even joined him in Syria when she was still 16-year-old. She first traveled to Turkey on her Dutch identity card. Once in Syria, she soon felt heavily disappointed, found another Muslim boy friend and then decided she wanted to return to Holland. Her mother picked her up near the Turkish-Syrian border and brought her back to Maastricht.
Aicha’s best friend in Maastricht was “Milana” (not her real name). Milana and her mother were originally from Chechnya, that restive Russian republic in the Caucasus. She had two sisters. Migrant traffickers helped this Chechen family to travel to the Netherlands in 1999 where they quickly applied for asylum. The mother and her three daughters ended up as refugees in the southern part of the Netherlands. Milana met a Dutchman and got two children from him, Luca and Aysha. This relationship did not last long, however, and Milana met two other men from whom she also got two children.
Meanwhile she had become a Muslim extremist and wanted to join the jihad in Syria. She felt strongly attracted to ISIS and its so-called “caliphate,” which had been proclaimed by ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi at the end of July 2014. This man is a ruthless war criminal and the embodiment of diabolical evil.
About 90 Dutch children are in the claws of ruthless jihadists
Milana and two of her children, 8-year-old Luca and 7-year-old Aysha left Maastricht on October 29, 2014. She had a forged passport and traveled via Germany, Belgium (Charleroi) and Greece. There is no doubt that ISIS operatives in Europe assisted her. At the end of December Milana claimed to be in Raqqa, the so-called capital of ISIS in Syria, but in fact she was probably in the Syrian village of Tal Abyad, not far from the Turkish border. This village was then under the control of ISIS.
Milana abducted Luca and Aysha when they were at the Islamic El Habib Primary School. This was, of course, against the will of their Dutch father. In “2016 in Review” the Netherlands Security and Intelligence Service (AIVD) reported that there are 280 Dutch jihadists in Syria and Iraq, in addition to 90 children. And in another alarming report on “The Children of ISIS – The Indoctrination of Minors in ISIS-held territory,” the Security Service reported in April 2017: “Approximately half of them are boys. The majority of children are with ISIS. Approximately half of the Dutch children were brought to the conflict zone by one or both parents. The others were born there. Fewer than 20 percent of the Dutch children are nine years of age or older and therefore, given their age, could have undergone jihadist training. Thirty percent of the Dutch children are between four and eight years old and 50 percent are three years or younger.”
“ISIS does not hesitate to use minors for suicide attacks in the conflict zone. Some of these perpetrators are praised in propaganda videos,” the Security Service reports. There are special training camps for boys. “A 15-year-old boy describes how one of its peers in the training camp had to behead someone. ‘Some of the boys felt uncomfortable about it but no one dared to say anything. Whenever there was an execution, everyone pretended to be happy about it and we shouted Allahu Akbar! We couldn’t say that it upset us. I was uspet.’
In the series of interviews, another boy explained how an element of play was incorporated the training: ‘The guys in the camp participated in competitions. The prize? The opportunity to become a suicide terrorist.’”
Hitler and the Nazis used child warriors, too, particularly in the final year of the Second World War. So do today African war criminal/jihadis Boko Haram (Nigeria), Al-Shabaab (Somalia) and, last but not least, the Taliban, Hezbollah and Hamas.
When Sultan Berzel traveled to Syria he was accompanied by his friend Rezkan. Rezkan was one year old when his parents fled Iraqi Kurdistan and applied for asylum in the Netherlands. They arrived in the Maastricht suburb or Nazareth. He, too, began to feel attracted to radical Islam when he was still a teenager. He was just 19-year-old when he joined the jihad in Syria.
Together with Sultan Berzel he traveled via Eindoven Airport to Istanbul on September 13, 2014, where they were picked up by an ISIS operative who took them into to Syria. A few months later, on December 19, that is, Rezkan died after a mortar attack by Syrian regime forces near the heavily contested airport of the town of Deir ez-Zur.
Did Sultan Berzel use the ISIS drug captagon?
ISIS referred to that frustrated Dutch teenager Sultan Berzel as “Abu Abdullah Al-Hollandi” (“Al-Hollandi” means “from Holland”). On November 13, 2014, one day after Al-Hollandi’s deadly suicide attack, ISIS claimed it had been responsible. “He said Allahu Akbar and blew himself up,” ISIS said in a “press release.” A few weeks later, ISIS posted Sultan’s “martyrdom’s video testament.” He was not alone. He sat besides Lofti S. (“Abu Abdurrahman Al-Hollandi”), another Dutch-Moroccan jihadist who would blow himself up in Fallujah, Iraq, in early February 2015. (He drove a truck loaden with explosives.) Both Dutch suicide terrorists were making statements in front of an ISIS camera. Lofti is originally from Amsterdam.
Sultan’s biographers Johan van de Beek and Claire van Dyck point out that Sultan is rather nervous when he makes his statement in front of the camera. He avoids looking straight into the camera and does not seem to listen to what his fellow terrorist Lofti says. He moves his head in a strange way and is swallowing all the time. “This is probably an indication that he is using captagon, a drug used by ISIS to transform warriors and shaheeds (=”martyrs,” suicide bombers, V.) into walking dead zombies, marionettes that carry out their instructions.”
The usually well-informed Dutch newspaper “De Telegraaf” revealed on May 10, 2017, that the Dutch police discovered a so-called “Jihad lab” in Brunssum (near Maastricht), where captagon pills were produced. These pills are highly popular in the Middle East and are also used by ISIS jihadists who want to be able to fight for days without falling asleep. (The Nazi armies used similar drugs, by the way.)
And police in the Italian port of Genoa confiscated 3.5 tons of tramadol, another drug often used by ISIS jihadists. The tablets were found “hidden in three containers in the port of Genoa,” Heat Street reported. “They were labelled as blankets and shampoo on a vessel destined for Misrata and Tobruk, Libya.” Tramadol is a painkiller which some use as a cheap alternative to cocaine. ‘“ISIS is making a fortune from this traffic, giving it to its fighters to make them feel no pain,”’ an Italian investigator told the Times of London.” These so-called “terror pills,” as The Indpendent, a leading British newspaper, rightly refers to them, were reportedly produced in India.
Muslim suicide terrorists believe that they will go straight to “paradise.” Sultan’s father Abdessamad Berzel initially comdemned his son’s suicide bomb attack in Baghdad. But later, he lamely claimed that his son was not really dead and that he was in paradise. He called his son “mujahid fi sabilillah,” or “warrior on the path of Allah.” This is based on what the Koran says (see Sura 4:74): “Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward.”
Thus, Abdessamad saw his son a a real hero! This is sheer nonsense, of course. Suicide bombers do not go to paradise at all. They go straight to hell instead and will have to answer for their evil acts. Their victims will accuse them of murder. And their obnoxious instructors awaits the same fate. This is only just and right, is it not? Moreover, Muslim terrorists who shout “Allahu Akbar” are using God’s name in vain. They are cursing the Creator. War criminals and Islamist terrorists cannot escape divine justice.
Johan van de Beek and Claire van Dyck write about Sultan’s messages from Syria in which he claims that “the bodies of the Peshmergas (=Kurdish fighters, V.) are rotting and stink like pigs, whereas the bodies of the mujahideen scent of musk, the scent of paradise.” This also rubbish. But this is not restricted to ISIS propaganda, it is also believed by Palestinian suicide bombers and many other Islamic extremists. The USA-based “Islamic Research Foundation International (IRFI),” for example, pays attention to the so-called “Miracles of the Martyrs.” And they claim: “The martyr’s bodies remain intact because their souls feed on Heavenly fruits. This may explain the scent of musk…”
Too many Muslim radicals and too many second- and third-generation Muslim immigrants in Europe and North America are sexually frustrated. That is why these propagandistic lies appeal to them. They also hate the Jews.
Emerson Vermaat is an Investigative Reporter in the Netherlands specialized in crime and terrorism.
Johan van de Beek and Claire van Dyck, Sultan en de Lokgroep van de Jihad (Amsterdam: Balans Publishers, 2017), pp. 15, 16 (suicide attack in Baghdad), pp. 22, 23 (ISIS claims responsibility for the attack), pp. 25-41 (“Wittevrouwenveld”), p. 36 (“no-go area”), pp. 71-75 (Rezkan), p. 90 (Milana and her mother traveled to the Netherlands in 1999), pp. 124-127 (Sultan Berzel and his Kurdish friend Rezkan travel to Syria), p. 139 (“Musk”), p. 148 (“mujahid fi sabilillah”) p. 162 (captagon), pp. 164-168 (Rezkan died in a fight near the ariport of Deir ez-Zor.)
TPO (The Post Online, the Netherlands), March 17, 2015, “Ontvoerde kinderen Maastricht vlakbij Turkse grens,”
(The Syrian village of Tal Abyad.)
General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD), 2016 in Review (AIVD, April 2017), p. 2.
General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD), The Children of ISIS – The Indoctrination of Minors in ISIS-held territory, p. 6 (“Approximately half of them are boys.”), p. 11 (“ISIS does not hesitate to use minors for suicide attacks…”), p. 15 (“A 15-year-old boy describes…”)
De Telegraaf (Amsterdam), February 10, 2015, Jihadist Lofti nam afscheid in video,
(“Met een truck vol explosieven reed hij naar een stelling van Iraakse soldaten bij een brug.” “Opmerkelijk is dat naast Lofti S. een andere Nederlandse jihadist is te zien, de negentienjarige Sultan Berzel uit Maastricht.”)
De Telegraaf, May 10, 2017, p. 1, 3, Schuur in Brunssum vol peppillen voor IS-strijders. Jihad-lab in Limburg,
Heat Street (NewYork), May 10, 2017, Police Intercept 37 Million Painkillers Headed for ISIS Terrorists Who Fight While High,
Al-Jazeera, May 13, 2017, 17:35 hours (Dutch time),
(”A ship loaded with tramadol from India, destined for ISIS in Libya.”)
Daily Mirror (London), May 10, 2017, Italy Seizes Ship-load of Tramadol for ISIS via SL,
(“A ship load of tramadol allegedly from India…”)
The Independent (London), May 12, 2017, Indian Shipment of “Terror Pills” for IS Seized in Italy,
(“…37 million tramadol pills, worth $ 75 million that was found packed into three containers at the port of Genoa…”…”)
The Religion of Peace, What Does Islam Teach About… Suicide Attacks (and Islamic Paradise), Quran (4:74),
Islamic Research Foundation International, Inc. (IRFI), Miracles of the Martyrs,
(Consulted on May 15, 2017.)
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