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ISIS jihadist from Reddit “Ask Me Anything” killed in airstrike – reports

Dutch terrorist Israfil Yilmaz left Royal Netherlands Army in 2013, joined the self-styled Islamic State in Syria.

Israfil Yilmaz
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A Dutch ISIS militant who hosted an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit, and a Q&A session on Tumblr, has reportedly been killed in an airstrike.

Israfil Yilmaz, a Dutch jihadi of Turkish descent, left the Royal Netherlands Army in 2013 and traveled to Syria along with tens of thousands of foreign fighters to join the Western-backed rebels in their war against the Syrian state.

According to social media reports, the terrorist was killed in an airstrike in the Syrian city of Raqqa.

Eight days ago, the fighter reportedly opened an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Reddit where users of the social network put questions to the author.

In November 2015, the militant hosted a question-and-answer session on the social network Tumblr. The New York Times reported that Yilmaz supported the Friday 13 November terrorist attacks in Paris which claimed 130 lives, saying it was a “fair response” to the strikes on Islamic State positions in Syria.

There are also far darker responses — like jokes about gay men deserving to be “thrown off a high building” a defense of Yazidi women and girls “taken as spoils of war,” and suggestions that a bombing in Turkey was a conspiracy to tarnish the image of the Islamic State.”

In Yilmaz’s first Reddit AMA session in November 2015, he claimed to have also been in the Turkish military.

Although not confirmed, it has been reported that Yilmaz was killed in an air strike in Raqqa two days ago, possibly by the US military.

Written by Jim Lemuel Wilson

Jim Lemuel Wilson previously worked for The Manila Times and S&P Global Market Intelligence. He specializes in Middle East affairs and foreign policy. Contact Jim by email.

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