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On the trail of Greek "jihadists" on Facebook

26 November 2015 / 12:11:52  GRReporter
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The social networking site Facebook has recently filled with Greek "jihadists," writes the Greek edition To Vima. Overwhelmed by the excessive publicity with regard to the bloody actions of the members of the so-called Islamic State, dozens of Greeks, some of whom at the age of 12, are presenting themselves for jihadists and posting on their profiles beheadings of captives by Jihadi John and other photos of Islamic caliphate fighters. In addition, the Greek fans of jihadists have dozens of followers who are congratulating them for the support for their bloody activities.

The newspaper referrers to the Greek police sources, who say they are following the specific profiles and posts "just in case." "It is worth following them, but rather psychiatrists should do so because we have had similar cases of "followers" and "fans" in the past too. They are the result of excessive publicity that is given to the tragic incidents. The majority of the cases are about sinister online demonstrations by people who are inspired by the dominant events in the media." They add that they are following such publications, "especially some of them" just in case.

A group in support of jihad on the Greek Facebook is liked by 18 people from Greece. Some are Greeks and the others foreigners. There is also a profile of a user named "Nikos K. (jihadist)" with the photo of the executioner of the Islamic State, Jihadi John, who was supposedly killed in front of one of his first victims. The last update of this account was in August 2015 when other photos of the horrific actions of jihadists were posted.

Another characteristic profile belongs to a user who is identifying himself as a "jihadist with a heart". He has added to his name the phrase "Allahuakbar" ("God is the greatest"), which jihadists and other extreme Islamists shout during their attacks. The "jihadist with a heart" has also posted photos of fighters of the Islamic State, but also of the Eiffel Tower in Paris enveloped in flames. He has indicated in his profile that he is a resident of Athens and has 49 virtual friends.

Interesting is another Greek profile of a man who is presenting himself as a "black jihadist" and who has posted a photo of a young, dark-complexioned man with curly hair, sunglasses and beard, holding a long knife in his hands. The investigation has established that the photo is of Egyptian Ismam Yaken, a former student at Cairo University. He appeared in the media in his country after he decided to completely change his life and become one of the fighters of the Islamic state. There are three teenagers among the virtual friends of his Greek fan.

Peculiar in the case of "Nikos K. (jihadist), who is a resident of a frontier Greek city according to the personal information in his profile, is that he has posted photos of weapons.

No less impressive is the fact that a "closed group" dedicated to jihad is created by 12-13-year-olds. The profile picture of one of them is showing him holding a large carbine.

Tags: Crime newsGreek policeGreek jihadistsProfiles on social networksIslamic State
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