SMUG MONSTER: Chief executioner of jihadist group proudly goes unmasked on torture, murder videos
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
6/16/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Movie star handsome, jihadist executioner Shakir Wahiyib sets the ladies' heart aflutter throughout the Middle East. However -- the films Wahiyib appears in are not escapist comedies or musicals, but real-life torture and murder videos. He goes about his chores unmasked, and sometimes with a smug smile across his face.
Jihadist executioner Shakir Wahiyib staring contemplatively into the middle distance while brandishing a rocket-propelled grenade.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Called the "Desert Lion" by his supporters, Wahiyib is the public face of the forces currently threatening to destroy Iraq. The chief executioner of the ISIS terror group, Wahiyib foregoes the disguises used by his contemporaries in the numerous torture videos currently in circulation.
Actually very little is known about Wahiyib. His tribal surname, Fahdawi, indicates that he may be from the Anbar-based Albu Fahd tribe, known to U.S. forces as one of the "sinister six" that first allied with al-Qaeda after Saddam Hussein's fall.
Shakir Wahiyib, center, is unusual in the ISIS army that he will appear on camera without covering his face.
Believed to be in his late-20s, he first gained notoriety through a chilling video which surfaced on jihadist Web sites last summer. In that video, he along with his gang executed three Syrian truck drivers who had been driving through ISIS territory in Anbar.
In stark contrast, in other pictures he is seen accepting flowers from a child, gently holding a bird of prey and staring contemplatively into the middle distance while brandishing a rocket-propelled grenade.
Wahiyib can often be seen posing with machine guns or rocket-propelled grenades when appearing on his videos which are spread over the Internet.
His forces have made significant gains in northern Iraq and are now marching on the capital Baghdad.
Armored convoys containing U.S.-trained soldiers, who had mysteriously melted away in earlier confrontations - stormed towards the town of Balad, some 50 miles outside of the capital Baghdad.
Over the past week ISIS made dramatic gains in the Sunni heartland north of Baghdad after overrunning Iraq's second-largest city of Mosul on Tuesday of last week.
The ISIS chief executioner, who was born in 1971 in Baghdad, is touted as a battlefield commander and tactician.
Soldiers and policemen have fled in the face of the lightning advance. Thousands have fled to the self-ruled Kurdish region in northern Iraq, which has prompted condemnation and threats of harsh punishment from senior politicians.
Senior-most commanders abandoned their positions early in the assault as black-clad Isis fighters swept into the country's second city of Mosul.
After ISIS seized Falluja and other areas of Anbar late last year, Iraqi medical sources say some 6,000 soldiers died there. Iraq-based foreign diplomats say 12,000 deserted their posts.
Mosul's defenders held up well for three days until late Monday evening. Over the next few hours the force imploded, with the senior commander for all of Nineveh province, Mahdi Garawi, fleeing.
The commander of Iraq's ground forces, General Ali Ghaidan, and the vice chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Abboud Qanbar, also abandoned their posts, according to an Iraqi official and a Western security expert.
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