Egypt’s Shaaban Abdel Rahim takes on ISIS chief
In a new song, the singer addresses Baghdadi as a bored ‘Emir of criminals’
The self-proclaimed “Emir” of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group has made a new adversary in the form of one Egypt’s most iconic popular music artists, Shaaban Abdel Rahim.
In a new song, the singer addresses Baghdadi as a bored “Emir of criminals” and describes ISIS militants as a “bunch of crazies.”
Abdel Rahim, a pioneer in the Sha’abi, or popular, genre of music is famous for his politically fueled lyrics.
The song day viewed during a a talk show on Dream TV, a privately-owned Egyptian channel.
“What caliphate are you talking about? All you say is fantasy, so who sent you, say!” the song goes.
He accuses the group of “profiling” people, adding that religion is “innocent of” Baghdadi “and his likes.”
The militant group controls large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria where they committed several war crimes and crimes against humanity, according to U.N. reports.
“Religion did not preach to sell children and women,” he said, before attacking the group’s spree of decapitations.
“Chopping heads is not in Islam, fess up and say who is behind you,” the song went.
A U.S.-led coalition has been conducting air strikes against ISIS targets in both Syria and Iraq. While the coordinated efforts have reportedly killed hundreds of militants, the group released a video on Sunday showing the killing of a U.S. aid worker and at least 12 men, believed to be members of the Syrian military.
Separately, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, rogue insurgency operating in Egypt’s Sinai has claimed responsibility for a number of attacks on members of the Egyptian army stationed in the peninsula.
The militant group pledged allegiance to ISIS earlier this month, as Egypt launched a military operation targeting the militants.
“Don’t play with our army,” Abdel Rahim sang to Baghdadi, “if you attack us, we will attack you.”
“Stop planting bombs, and start planting cabbage,” he said.
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