ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi released a message on Boxing Day (the day after Christmas to all fellow Americans), praising the success of the caliphate despite the international coalition attacking it daily.
In the 24-minute recording, the first we’ve heard from al-Baghdadi since May, the leader threatens Israel (of course), taunts the United States for not putting boots on the ground (be careful what you ask for, skippy), and then called on Muslims across the globe to join ISIS.
After the message was translated and tweeted by Emirati activist Iyad el-Baghdadi (no relation) the replies quickly flew in… and they weren’t what the terror group was hoping for:
— Salman Anees Soz (@SalmanSoz) December 26, 2015
Sorry, I am busy watching Netflix. https://t.co/YyLJ9cQ2nS
— Mohamed Djingo (@TheDjingo) December 26, 2015
Sorry, dude. It's finals week https://t.co/qxIT2N9FIR
— Aly Ashraf (@Aly_Ashraf) December 26, 2015
And then HA Hellyer explained a little more just how farcical the replies to Baghdadi really are:
How annoyed Baghdadi must be, when it is clear that so few Muslims regard his call for any kind of jihad, personal or communal, to be valid.
— HA Hellyer د. إتش (@hahellyer) December 26, 2015
Journalist Murtaza Hussain jumped in as well:
Baghdadi is becoming a conventional Arab dictator now and trying to deflect attention towards Israel. Next step dying his hair jet black.
— Murtaza Hussain (@MazMHussain) December 26, 2015