Mysterious Baghdad Tweeter Claims to 'Expose' ISIS Secrets

Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 04:10 PM

By Drew MacKenzie

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A mysterious Twitter user who goes by the account name @wikibaghdady has issued a series of tweets attempting to “expose the secrets” behind the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and its violent leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. 

The account, which has 40,000 followers, first appeared six months ago, teasing that it would reveal the truth behind the militant Islamic terror group that it is laying waste to vast regions of Iraq and Syria, according to the Huffington Post.

The original tweets in Arabic said it was "the first account to expose the secrets of ISIS and who runs it." They added, "Who is al-Baghdadi? Have you seen his picture? The names of his council? What are his plans? Coming soon."

The identity of the Twitter user has remained secret while rumors abound that it could be a disillusioned ISIS terrorist, a defector from the rival jihadist group Jabhat al-Nusra, of which it speaks highly in the tweets, or from a group determined to undermine ISIS, reported the Huffington Post.

The account claims that the ISIS leader is not from Baghdad, as his allegedly fake name suggests, but from the northern city of Samarra, while his real name is Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim. He also allegedly has fake a PhD.

The tweets say that al-Baghdadi came out of obscurity to become the new head of the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), the predecessor of ISIS, after the group's top leaders were killed. "The news was a surprise to everyone!" @wikibaghdady wrote.

The account apparently hopes to embarrass the ISIS leader by casting doubts on his group's Islamist credentials, which could possibly show that the messages are from jihadist rivals, according to the Huffington Post.

Brutal ISI fighters are said to have plundered hundreds of millions of dollars from banks in cities they have captured. But @wikibaghdady claims that parts of the group's huge financial resources come from the extortion of civilians in areas that it has conquered.

The anonymous account also alleges that ISIS, an offshoot of al-Qaida, has spent years grabbing property owned by religious minorities and stealing state resources, while threatening to blow up businesses that didn't make monthly payments to the Sunni extremists, the website said.

It has been claimed that ISIS insurgents were even too violent even for a terror organization like al-Qaida. But according to @wikibaghdady, the real reason that al-Qaida threw them out earlier this year is because of al-Baghdadi's insubordination to al-Qaida's top leaders.

Recently, @wikibaghdady tweeted: "New stuff coming soon." His or her 40,000 followers are anxiously waiting.

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