On Telegram, Pro-Iran Militias In Iraq Publish Graphics Threatening To Target Israeli Interests

April 14, 2021

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In the past few days, Telegram channels affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq published posters threatening Israeli interests.

On April 14, 2021, Sabreen News, a Telegram channel believed to be affiliated with Asa'ib Ahl Al-Haq published a poster celebrating the recent attack on an Israeli-owned cargo ship near Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates.

The poster depicted a sinking cargo ship being cut in two by "Zulfiqar," the famed sword of Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib,[1] a common motif among Shi'ites.

The poster featured the English text: "Ask your grandfather about Thoalfkar [i.e., Zulfiqar] swords." The text appears to be a reference to the Battle of Khaybar of 628 AD, in which Imam Ali Bin Talib battled the Jews.[2]

On April 13, 2021, another pro-Iran Telegram channel called Jihad Brothers Electronic Team celebrated the attack by publishing a poster a missile flying by a boat, with the Arabic and Hebrew text: "What lies ahead is graver."[3]

On the day of the attack on the Israeli ship, Tura News, a Telegram channel affiliated with Hizbullah Brigades, reported that an unspecified group has targeted an intelligence and operations center "ran by the Israeli Mossad" in northern Iraq. According to the post, the attack killed and wounded several Israeli soldiers.[4]

The next day, Sabreen News reported that according to "security sources," more than 10 "Zionist" officers were killed and wounded in the attack on the "Mossad safehouse," which the channel said was located in Erbil.[5]


"Jihad Brothers Electronic Team" published a poster celebrating the alleged attack in Erbil. The poster featured a satellite image of what the channel claimed was the location of the attack. The poster included text in poor Hebrew saying: "Northern Iraq is not safe for you."[6]


[1] A cousin, son-in-law, and companion of Prophet Muhammad, who ruled as the fourth caliph and was cherished by the Shi'ites.

[2] Telegram, Sabreen News, April 14, 2021.

[4] Telegram, Tura News, April 13, 2021.

[5] Telegram, Sabreen News, April 14, 2021.

[6] Telegram, Jbt313, April 14, 2021.








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