Trump and Putin Appear Bullet-holed in New ISIS Propaganda Video

Published October 14th, 2017 - 10:30 GMT
ISIS fighters have released a new propaganda photo featuring the bullet-ridden faces of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin on shooting targets
ISIS fighters have released a new propaganda photo featuring the bullet-ridden faces of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin on shooting targets
  • The image circulated by jihadists is one of the first to feature Donald Trump
  • It shows a white male cocking a pistol next to the bullet-ridden targets 
  • Analysts have noted that the groups equates Trump with Vladimir Putin
  • The video appears to show jihadists - some wearing various football shirts - surrendering on their knees

 

ISIS fighters have released a new propaganda photo featuring the bullet-ridden faces of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin on shooting targets.    

The image circulated by jihadists on social media is one of the first to feature Trump instead of previous US president Barack Obama.

It shows a white male cocking a pistol, reflecting the terror group's call for westerners to attack civilians in their own countries.

The text reads: 'Lie in wait for them at every chance to ambush. The Levant is the graveyard of the Russians and Americans.'

Analysts note the groups equates Trump with Vladimir Putin as both Russia and the US are separately fighting ISIS in Syria.  

ISIS expert Mia Bloom of Georgia State University told Newsweek: 'Only up until literally a few months ago, ISIS was still featuring images of President Obama.   

'It's like, "hey, did you know we have a new president?" This is one of the few to use Trump's face. 

She added: 'It's also interesting because it equates Trump with Putin.'

The propaganda comes as ISIS teeters on the brink of defeat in Iraq after being driven out of its last northern stronghold.

Iraqi government forces last week stormed the city of Hawija, killing 196 jihadists and recapturing 98 surrounding villages.

 

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Dozens of ISIS fighters, pushed back by Iraqi forces, surrendered to the Kurdistan Regional Government in the north.

Video posted online appears to show jihadists - some wearing various football shirts - surrendering on their knees.

One can be seen in an England shirt while others wear the names of their footballing heroes including Christiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Mario Gotze. 

The victory means the only territory ISIS has left in Iraq is a stretch alongside the western border with Syria.

The three-pronged offensive was carried out by US-backed Iraqi government troops and Iranian-trained and armed Shi'ite paramilitary groups known as Popular Mobilisation.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said after talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris: 'I announce the liberation of the city of Hawija. Only the outskirts remain to be recaptured.'

He called the success 'a victory not just for Iraq but for the whole world,' adding 'we should chase this terrorist organisation everywhere'.

A statement from the joint operations commander, Lieutenant-General Abdul Ameer Rasheed Yarallah, read: 'The army's ninth armoured division, the Federal Police, the Emergency Response division and Popular Mobilisation liberated Hawija.'

 

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Iraq launched an offensive on September 21 to dislodge Islamic State from the area north of Baghdad where up to 78,000 people were estimated to be trapped, according to the United Nations.

They also hold parts of Syrian side of the border, but the area under their control is shrinking as they retreat in the face of two different sets of hostile forces - a US-backed, Kurdish-led coalition and Syrian government troops with foreign Shi'ite militias backed by Iran and Russia. 

Islamic State's cross-border 'caliphate' effectively collapsed in July, when US-backed Iraqi forces captured Mosul, the group's de facto capital in Iraq, in a gruelling battle which lasted nine months.

The militants' leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who declared the caliphate from Mosul in mid-2014, released an audio recording last week that indicated he was alive, after several reports he had been killed.

He called on his followers to keep up the fight despite the setbacks. 

 

The article had been adapted from its original source.


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