Dutch citizen Yakhoci Riedijk of Arnhem had been working as a blacksmith when he made the decision to leave his home and join the so-called Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIL/ISIS), a decision he would later come to “regret.”

In an exclusive interview filmed for Ruptly at an SDF camp for IS members near Qamishli in Syria’s Jazira region on Monday, Riedijk recounted how he stumbled upon IS ideology on the internet and reached out to militants through Twitter.

“I said I wanted to go to Syria.”

He wrote to someone called Abu Yousef Al-Holandi, who then gave him the number of a smuggler who took him into Syria in 2014.

He sat inside the smuggler’s van alongside men from Indonesia and Bosnia.

“We were taken to the borders, from the borders we were told to walk on foot,” recalled Riedijk.

After having joined the Caliphate, Riedijk married. Ten days later, IS authorities charged him with espionage for the Dutch government, imprisoned him and tortured him.

“I was set free after seven and half months, my body was in very bad condition,” recounted Riedijk. He was then assigned to the second brigade.

“I wish to return home, spend the due time in jail, then go back to normal life with my wife, with no troubles, no wars and no poverty,” said Riedijk as he tried not to sleep.

“I feel regret, I want to go back to my normal life and improve myself, I would never go back to such error.”

Ruptly has not been able to verify the authenticity of the statements made by Glass and his account only provides his own personal perspective on events.

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Unfortunately, we don’t want you back in the EU. I hope the Dutch govt. revoked your nationality, EU can do without traitors. You made your choice, now live, or preferably die with it!

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my first impulse was “yepp, you’re right!” – but do we really have forgotten all that M de Voltaire, Rousseau & Kant have taught us? just because of those humans behaving like “brutish beasts” (cf. T.S. Elliot, “I owe no faith to a renegade / and what I owe, shall w paid!”) – Friend, I know you as an educated man, so please don’t let me down: we are EUROPEANS, GOOD EUROPEANS, as Nietzsche would have said, so let’s have an EUROPEAN enlightened view even even when we look at these poor and misguided morons. It’s not , but it’s… Read more »

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Baloney. My empathy is reserved for the victims, Iraqi and Syrian civilians. He wants to go to prison, serve time, and get along with his life. He did not say I caused destruction, death, trauma, and untold misery to countless others. This selfish man did NOT say “I want to do make reparations and do anything and everything humanly possible to make this right”. Know this, destitute, improvised Iraq gave live in prison term to an ISIS bomb maker while Wealthy Western Europe which can afford to imprison their criminals, refuse. You are the transatlantic barbarians for you armed and… Read more »

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@Sweet Robert, i’d give a second chance. But kill if they fail. How can we face a poor man – while we squander 100 € a day on a prison term for a beast.

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@Stern He should be tried in Syria or Iraq where he commits the crime. Not only did he harm civilians, he declared war against two countries. He was not a forced conscript like the locals but he voluntarily went to wage war. Let them determine their fate as this is just and fair. If Iraq or Syria wants to give him a second chance then that is their call not your or mine.

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@Sweet Robert, the US dominated Kurds want them repatriated.

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Wahhabism will harm Muslims in Europe. The expulsion of Muslims from Europe. There will not be enough space in Turkey.

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@Kika, likely. They can go to KSA when Turkey is too small.

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Usa europe saudi Arabia Qatar turkey israel created isis John mccain.met everytime with fsa alnusrah isis alqaida etc
So the west gave them hope and legal.right to.enter.syria via.mongolide.turkey andder today they want to.tell.us.his not anymore one.of them?

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@Umar, How did Europe create IS? Tell me more – IS are Muslims!

IS was created by the ibn Mashreq together with the CIA.

p.s. You are using “The West” like an Ottoman – and then it meant House of the West aka House of War.

Do You realize that even Russia is part of this WEST.

And that Your Eastern ideology is the source of IS.

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After committing crimes, this guy wants a normal life. Maybe he might think to put a bomb in Germany, to kill infidels.

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Paulus and the prodigal son returned. So can he. But we must really decide what we do with ones that do only lip service.

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Is that the Paulus that returned to Germany after release by the Soviets with a handful of others out of 235,000 German and allied captured at Stalingrad . That was 968,000 killed , wounded or captured . Not sure you can compare members of ISIS to Paulus and the Germans who fought at Stalingrad which was a brutal battle but fought with some respect to laws of war. This person can be kept forever or shot , no matter to me. No good crying at the end when he should have tried to escape months ago.

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@Peter, He could probably not escape as a suspected spy. If his tale is true. p.s. IMHO you cannot compare. My uncle and his comrades were mostly conscripts and the Soviet dictator wanted them dead. So the communists took care that all but about 2000 Quislings died – most within days or weeks after their capitulation. The Soviet Union AFAIR was no member of the Geneva treaties about POWs so both sides could legally kill POWs at will. Only Western Allied POWs were protected by treaties. And what the Geneva treaties in return was worth for German POWs after Germany’s… Read more »

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He is of course the only one that knows if he was and if so what it was for if held as a prisoner. Previous accounts of being remotely suspected ended up with the people being shot so his story maybe suspect. Funny how all the last ones to be captured were all cooks or cleaners or whatever that had nothing to do with the fighting. As I have said before I don’t really care if all of them mysteriously die or suffer long captivity . I know we were always brought up with the” honorable Allies” that treated the… Read more »

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Just searched Rheinwiesenlager and there is plenty there thanks. As always the victor writes the history..Would be interesting chatting.Do you write on quora at all ?

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Died isis