Iraqi fighter gains social media following in fight against ISIS

Pictures of a man known as Abu Azrael, reportedly a member of an Iranian-backed Iraqi militia, have flooded social media. (Courtesy: Twitter)

Thousands have joined the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group, but one fighter has amassed a wide following on social media achieving an almost-celebrity like status.

Pictures of a combat gear-clad bearded man dubbed “Abu Azrael,” or Angel of Death, holding a rifle in one hand and an axe in another have flooded Twitter and Facebook.

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abu azrael iraqi fighter against isis Facebook

He is believed to be the commander of the Imam Ali Brigade, an Iranian-backed Iraqi militia fighting in Iraq, Vocativ news website reported. While it is not clear who set it up, a Facebook fan page now boasts more than 170,000 likes.

One Iraqi website described him as Iraq’s Rambo, while a Lebanese news website called him the “ISIS scarecrow.”

Local reports claim he was a university lecturer before he took up arms against ISIS. (Courtesy: Facebook)

Local reports claim he was a university lecturer before he took up arms against ISIS. (Courtesy: Facebook)

It remains unclear what his occupation was before taking up arms, but local reports claim he was a university lecturer and may have won Iraq’s national tae kwon do championship at one point.

 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46
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