- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Islamic State has successfully recruited from the Garden State.

German journalist Jurgen Todenhofer spent 10 days with the Sunni radical terror group in Iraq and Syria and said that it startled him to find a citizen from New Jersey in its ranks.

“The guy from New Jersey. This surprised me. You don’t expect someone from New Jersey going to join the Islamic State,” Mr. Todenhofer told ABC News Tuesday.

The journalist said he met more than a dozen American terrorists during his interviews with the Islamic State group, including some who were natural born citizens.

“They were very tough, well informed. Some of them very successful in their own countries. They feel discriminated in their countries. They want to live in an Islamic state where no one can bother them, and no one can discriminate against them. They are completely sure they will win this fight,” Mr. Todenhofer said, ABC reported.

The 74-year-old journalist plans to write a book on the organization. He said that in all his years of covering war, Islamic State is “the strongest” group he has ever met.

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