On Telegram, Jihadis Celebrate Report Of Assad's COVID-19 Diagnosis: The Virus Is Allah's Soldier Sent To Avenge Assad's Victims

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March 8, 2021

On March 8, 2021, several jihadi channels on Telegram reacted to a report by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), a Syrian state-run outlet, saying that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and his wife, Asma, have tested positive for COVID-19.[1]

Ibrahim Abu Ta'ib, a Syrian jihadi, celebrated the news on his Telegram channel, praying to Allah to kill Al-Assad and his wife and send them to Hell: "They described us [jihadis] as germs, claiming that they can defeat us [...] Oh Allah, kill them all, let them be subject to painful torment in life, an on Doomsday, and let them be among those [who spend] eternity in your Hell."[2]

Correspondent of the Turkish Army, a pro-Turkey and pro-Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) Telegram channel, posted a video of five men in a car improvising a song celebrating the news. The song mocked Assad and his wife as "ugly criminals," who deserve worse than the coronavirus, and added that people should feel sorry for the virus in this case, not the patients."[3]

Jihadi Telegram user Abu Omarah wrote a post in which he described the coronavirus as solider sent by Allah to punish Assad: "Oh God, you killed Pharaoh with the sea, Nimrud with mosquitoes, and you let Korah be swallowed by the earth. Oh God, we ask you to destroy Bashar with the coronavirus, [your] soldier, and to make an example of him for others, as you did with [Ariel] Sharon and Gaddafi."[4]

Syria-based Saudi jihadi cleric Abdalla Al-Muhaisini published a post in which he highlighted the SANA report and sarcastically reminded his "followers in Syria and the Muslims everywhere, that Bashar and his wife need your prayers, so do not forget them."[5] 

Al-Sham News Agency, a pro-HTS Telegram channel, published a post saying: "This is a historical day for the virus [to improve its reputation, and do its best coronavirus [work]. The Syrian people are willing to build a monument for the great coronavirus in front of Bashar's residence. Just get rid of him, that germ [i.e., Bashar.]" The post also questioned the veracity of the news, saying it could be a public relations stunt.[6]

Al-Homsai Reporter, a jihadi Telegram user, shared a YouTube video by jihadi vocalist Abu Islam Al-Dura'awi, in which he sang with his two children. The song praises the virus as a "rebel" who supports the revolutionaries and the women who want to exercise vengeance on Assad: "Oh corona, you are more powerful than air bombardment, and you will make Bashar bark and curse his father."[7]

A pro-Al-Qaeda Telegram channel published a post announcing the "good news," saying that the "tyrant," Assad and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19. The post prayed to Allah to expedite their deaths.[8]

 

Idlib News by the Minute, a jihadi Telegram channel, celebrated the news, praying to Allah to kill "Assad, the magus," his wife Asma, their children, and anyone who supports them, with the virus.[9]

 

[1] Sana.Sy, March 8, 2021.

[2] Telegram, Ibrahimabotaeeb, March 8, 2021.

[3] Telegram, News_Turkey2, March 8, 2021.

[4] Telegram, Aboimara_syf, March 8, 2021.

[5] Telegram, Shemmary, March 8, 2021.

[6] Telegram, Sham News Agency, March 2021.

[7] Telegram, SHAMEL2HOMS1, March 8, 2021.

[8] Telegram, Tapaiwr, March 2021.

[9] Telegram, Shammm1, March 8, 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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