Abu Azrael is poster child in the propaganda war against Islamic State
Abu Azrael is not averse to a selfie. Source: Facebook
A FEARSOME Iraqi soldier, dubbed the “father of the archangel of death”, has gained celebrity status for his role in fighting back against Islamic State.
Wielding an axe, sword and machine gun and sporting a healthy beard and beaming smile, Abu Azrael has become a legend in the war against the extremist organisation.
A Facebook page dedicated to the fighter, which portrays the musclebound Baghdad native as a kind of anti-IS action hero, has garnered more than 340,000 likes.
He has amassed a legion of adoring fans and has been held up as the embodiment of the retribution many Iraqis want against the brutal jihadists who have seized swathes of their country.
No matter what the truth about the details of his life, Abu Azrael's story is significant because of the insight it provides into neighbouring Iran's propaganda machine.
"I've been watching Shia militias on Facebook and social media for years and this fits the model of an organised campaign," he says. "He had his own Facebook profiles and pages, the earliest in late 2014 … they had built up the character quite well, and initial photo releases were shown of him doing heroic or interesting things."
ISIS may have easily defeated the Iraqi Army at Mosul, but the group now has a new foe that will likely prove much more challenging: Nike. Yep, the American sportswear company has now been banned by ISIS, according to fliers the terror group distributed last week.
A rare bird may become extinct in Syria because of the capture of Palmyra by Islamic State, experts say.
The relict population was only discovered in 2002 during a brief period when Syria became more open and politically stable, but the colony was already on its last legs and numbered just three pairs. Just one pair was present in 2012, but these did not breed. International co-operation had been slow to arrange but was finally making headway with the formation of a new International Working Group in November 2012, created to try and save the last birds.
One of the youngest Western fighters to have joined the group, he sent a message to The Mail on Sunday following our exclusive investigation into Abase, who we exposed last week as trying to lure an undercover reporter to Syria to become a jihadi bride like herself.
Elmir confirmed that he has married the British schoolgirl, who was only 15 when she travelled to Syria via Turkey earlier this year, and told us not to contact her again.
...Counter-terrorism officers from the Metropolitan Police are investigating the threat by Elmir. The Mail on Sunday is not publishing the full details for security reasons.
Critical Mass wrote:
Oh & Brianv... never forget the ISIS tewwowists!
Rain wrote:I am of the belief that only Western countries' Governments have knowledge of what ISIS actually is. ( as they created it )
Why do you speculate that Libya/Syria would have knowledge? I believe that they themselves are being fooled by the West also.
I think the manufactured footage is duping the very countries that the events are supposedly happening in.
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