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ISIS militant who threatened Erdogan is ‘Turkish confectionary seller’

The ISIS militant who appeared in a video threatening Turkey’s president with the takeover of Istanbul has been revealed to be a Turkish confectionary seller

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The ISIS militant who appeared in a video threatening Turkey’s president with the takeover of Istanbul has been revealed to be a Turkish confectionary seller, Turkish media reported.

The video that was released via pro-ISIS social media accounts on August 17, showed a Turkish speaker criticizing Erdogan for supporting the West, according to Hurriyet Daily News.

The ISIS militant, who also called for militants to conquer Istanbul in the video, was dubbed Abu Ammar, however was later alleged in media reports to be a 47-year-old confectionary seller from the northwestern province of Bursa in Turkey.

Neighbors of the alleged militant acknowledged hearing rumors of him crossing the border into Syria to join ISIS, but claimed that he was not a particularly religious person before moving to Bursa.

A relative told Hurriyet Daily News that before the man moved to Bursa, “he wouldn’t even perform salah [daily prayers]. His transformation happened here. At first, he wouldn’t even enter the mosque. He sold his confectionaries at the mosque’s entrance.”

According to reports, the alleged militant left with his wife and four daughters for Syria in 2014, with 100,000 Turkish Liras ($34,249.52) in cash after selling all their property in Bursa.