Boy, we hope this is true.
When ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called upon Muslims around the world to join his “caliphate,” many replied that they’d rather do literally anything else.
On Dec. 26, ISIL social media accounts shared an audio message from al-Baghdadi, believed to be his first public statement since May, when the terrorist group released an audio recording to prove its leader was still alive after he was believed to be injured in an airstrike. Iyad El-Baghdadi---a self-proclaimed entrepreneur, author, Arab Spring activist, and Islamic libertarian---tweeted a translation of the new message, which included a call to arms:
ISIS leader: This isn't just a new crusade, the entire world has joined forces against us. But don't worry, our state persists and expands.— Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) December 26, 2015
The responses have been hilarious:
@iyad_elbaghdadi gotta do the dishes bruv— RasheedAB (@RasheedAB) December 26, 2015
@iyad_elbaghdadi My dad said I have to be home by 8pm. Will we be done by then?— Safiyya-Maryam Ahmed (@guidanceofgod) December 27, 2015
@iyad_elbaghdadi just read the Quran, it says no bro. Sorry mate.— Mehmet Alp Çelebi (@MehmetCelebi) December 28, 2015
@iyad_elbaghdadi sorry but this Big Mac is'nt eating itself— The Lemon Curd (@DarthBawar) December 28, 2015
@iyad_elbaghdadi I am a little busy with this Legendary Super Mutant Overlord that keeps nagging me in Fallout 4. No can do.— Hassaan Munir (@Go_Nawaz_Go) December 27, 2015
@iyad_elbaghdadi Sorry but I'm watching Star Wars, maybe tomorrow...— Aim Amraam (@Aim_Amraam) December 27, 2015
@iyad_elbaghdadi santa just got me fifa 16 so maybe in 2 decades or so— walid el sammak (@walid926) December 28, 2015
@iyad_elbaghdadi Only if there's free pizza.— Steven Gregory (@desenagrator) December 29, 2015
Maybe social media works for more than just propaganda?