‘Big’ catch: 250-kg ISIS leader ‘Jabba the Jihadi’ captured in Iraq; Twitter reacts with memes
Weighing 560-pounds (250 kg approx), the cleric had to be loaded onto a flatbed truck because he couldn’t fit in a police car.
A bulky high-ranking Islamic State terror group’s leader dubbed “Jabba the Jihadi” has been captured by the SWAT team of Iraqi forces this week. Weighing 560-pounds (250 kg approx), the cleric had to be loaded onto a flatbed truck because he couldn’t fit in a police car.
The arrest of ISIS mufti Abu Abdul Bari -- also known as Shifa al-Nima -- was announced by the Iraqi government’s security media cell earlier this week.
Memes spread on social media after pictures of him seated on cushions inside his apparent hideout in one image and loaded into the back of a pickup truck in another were shared.
Who is “Jabba the Jihadi”
The jumbo jihadist is known for making “provocative speeches against the security forces” and is considered one of the top leaders of “ISIS gangs”
Bari is also considered by the terror group to be an authority in Quranic law. He has issued several religious rulings, or fatwas, ordering the execution of scholars and clerics who refused to pledge allegiance to the terrorist group when it occupied Mosul.
He also ordered the July 2014 destruction of a mosque built at the site believed to be the burial place of the biblical prophet Jonah, who once had a notable encounter with a whale, said a statement by the Iraqi government’s media cell.
The mosque was one of several cultural sites the extremist group destroyed as it swept across Syria and Iraq, claiming large swaths of territory for its self-styled caliphate. The group has been ousted from all the territory it once held but remains an insurgent threat in the region.
Memes on social media:
Putting the Fat in Fatwa.... I’m sure this has been done..— Whatever Happened There? (@heretobrowse99) January 16, 2020
jabba the hutt has really let himself go pic.twitter.com/n9wn2MPobt— Look, Fat (@jer2911tx) January 16, 2020
They captured the penguin? pic.twitter.com/zRPteS1H01— Doctor Why ????☠️ (@NoEyeContact) January 16, 2020
Did he eat a Mosque?— Skydash (@skydash) January 16, 2020
Sharing images the heavyweight’s arrest, Maajid Nawaz, founder of the London-based anti-extremism organisation Quilliam, said: “Do not underestimate the psychological blow the image of this obese monster being arrested is to ISIS. Gluttony is frowned upon by jihadists. But also, ISIS branded themselves as fighters possessing rare courage & discipline… meanwhile this walrus was their top religious cleric.”
“He was so overweight, maybe from remaining sedentary in his hiding place, that he had to be taken by police in the back of a pick up truck.
“Most religious justifications provided to ISIS for enslaving, raping, torturing, ethnic cleansing & massacring Iraqis, Syrians & others are from this paltry beast who can’t even stand on his own two legs,” he wrote.
British citizen Macer Gifford who fought with a US-backed Kurdish militia in Syria, applauded the arrest and compared Bari to the slug-like gang lord of the “Star Wars” universe who lived on the desert planet Tatooine.
“I’m delighted to say that the Islamic State’s very own Jabba the Hutt has been captured in Mosul,” he tweeted.
“As long as the Devil bastes him properly Shifa al Nima should crisp nicely in hell… He literally looks like the world’s biggest chicken.”
Referring to Bari’s heft, he added: “Good luck hanging him Iraq.”