Anti-ISIS Al-Qaeda Supporter: Pro-ISIS Outlet Specializing In Creating Social Media Accounts Sidelined Supporters And Other Outlets To Settle Personal Scores

January 18, 2023

On January 13, 2023 an anti-Islamic State (ISIS) channel on the Al-Qaeda-operated Rocket.Chat server shared screenshots of a WhatsApp conversation allegedly provided by the former general supervisor of a pro-ISIS group which created social media accounts for supporters and groups. The man was reportedly expelled from pro-ISIS channels due to fabricated accusations against him.

The anti-ISIS channel claimed that this is not the first time active members of pro-ISIS foundations were expelled "with or without pretext" after "a mob" took control of these media outlets following the death of ISIS caliph Al-Baghdadi. It further claimed that many of these groups stopped publishing due to internal quarrels, often on religious topics but due to "immoral relations" with female supporters.

The channel named the pro-ISIS media group's leader, saying he was supposed to facilitate coordination with ISIS's Central Media Bureau, but that instead, he excluded many pro-ISIS outlets due to personal grudges against their leaders and in order to "settle scores" at the expense of ISIS's overall propaganda activities.

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