Hipsters! The newest member of Iraq's jihad
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
8/6/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
The Islamic State, which now has control of much of Syria and Iraq, has gained a new poster-boy, a well dressed and fashionable young man who has been photographed wielding a scimitar while astride a horse, and is using social media to spread the militant Islamic Caliphate's agenda.
This Egyptian 'hipster jihadi' has been using Twitter in an attempt to glorify the actions of the Islamic Caliphate which has taken over much of Iraq and Syria.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - He has been identified by friendsas, Islam Yaken, a young Egyptian university graduate from a well-off Cairo family who is known back home as a "hipster jihadi".
Though Yaken did support Mohammed Morsi, Egypt's former president and Muslim Brotherhood member, his friends say that there was little about him to suggest a change in life towards jihad.
The Islamic State, a new Caliphate declared in late July, has seized much of Iraq and Syria and is gaining ground.
Now he glorifies the new Caliphate and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, its Caliph, on twitter, and posts gruesome pictures of decapitated heads.
"Islam Yaken's story is freaking scary," Aliya Mikkawi, a former schoolmate, posted on her own Twitter account. "He used to be at school with me."
Yaken attended the French Lycée in Heliopolis, an upmarket suburb of Cairo near the presidential palace, before going to the prestigious Ain Shams University to study law, graduating last year. He speaks Arabic, English and French.
Yaken acknowledges media attention, both the good and bad: "Some people insulted me but that's normal-it's just nonsense talk," he wrote.
"But there are two people who insulted our religion, and I advise them that when God opens up Egypt to us, if they are still alive, we will hit their delete button."
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