In an interview to Saudi Arabia’s Al-Arabiya Network recently, captured Israeli-Arab Islamic State (IS) fighter Sayyaf Sharif Daoud said that although the Islamic State is gone, its cells continue to exist. According to Daoud, IS much stronger now than it used to be in the past. IS is now more centralised though there is no central command.
Daoud said Al-Baghdadi liked good things in life. “I saw how fat he was while the people who left Baghuz weighed 50-60 kg. They would eat grass,” Daoud said. The interview was translated and reproduced in MEMRI website.
In the course of the interview, Daoud pleaded with to allow him to return to Israel. Daoud said: “I am an Israeli citizen… You do not discriminate between Arabs, Jews, and Druze… I am having a very, very tough time in this prison… I will return as a better (person).”