Jobs Jihadists Won’t Do

Daily Best of the Web   —   Posted on December 3, 2014

The following is an excerpt from OpinionJournal’s “Best of the Web” at WSJ written by the editor, James Taranto.

Other Than That, the Story Was Accurate
“Because of an editing error, an article in some editions last Sunday about Adam Tang, who fled to Canada in response to a trial over his high-speed trip around Manhattan, misidentified the person who assistants of the district attorney said should spend some time in jail. He is Mr. Tang—not their boss, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the district attorney.”—New York Times, Nov. 16

Bottom Stories of the Day
“Ohio Sen. Rob Portman Not Running for President”—headline, CNN, Dec. 2

Jobs Jihadists Won’t Do
“A young engineering student from the suburbs of Mumbai is now in the custody of India’s counterterrorism authorities after spending six months in Iraq alongside fighters of the Islamic State,” the Washington Post reports:

[Areeb] Majeed, 23, is one of four young Muslim men from Kalyan, a city east of Mumbai, known to have journeyed to the Middle East to join the extremist outfit, which controls chunks of territory in both Iraq and Syria. Like many foreign fighters in the Islamic State’s ranks, Majeed was recruited online and aided by a network of local contacts and travel agents, who helped him reach the Iraqi city of Mosul. The Islamic State’s capture of Mosul this summer was the most stark sign of its emergence as a regional force and global threat.

ToiletBut once he arrived there, Majeed soon discovered that jihad wasn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. According to details leaked by anonymous officials in India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA), the country’s top counterterrorism unit, Majeed was made to fetch water, tend to other fighters and clean out their latrines.

The Islamic State may need a guest-worker program for infidels.

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