July 16 2016 – Sydney Morning Herald
I wrap a checked shirt around my head and pull up the hoodie to conceal my face. Holding a makeshift Islamic State flag on a piece of paper, I take a deep breath, then I hit “Record” on my phone.
“I pledge my allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the caliphate Dawlat al-Islam.”
Then I hit send. It’s June 29, 2015. I’m a journalist, and I’ve just pledged my allegiance to the Islamic State.