Example: [Collected via Facebook, June 2014]
Origins: Mullah Mohammad Fazl is a former Taliban Deputy Defense Minister who was reportedly
As the Wall Street Journal wrote of Fazl's release:
Fifteen years later, local residents are responding with fear and dismay to the U.S. release of the notorious commander, along with four other Taliban leaders in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only American prisoner of war who was held by the Taliban.
The villages of Shomali were once the orchard of central Afghanistan, and the plain's carefully tended vineyards were famous for their grapes.
When the Taliban seized control of this area from their Northern Alliance rivals in 1999, they systematically demolished entire villages, blowing up houses, burning fields and seeding the land with mines, according to two comprehensive studies of war crimes and atrocities during wars in Afghanistan and human rights reports. Mr. Fazl played a major role in the destruction.
He is originally from Iraq, and has lived more than ten years in The Netherlands. He lived there from social security as he was found unfit to work and used drugs against claustrophobia and schizophrenia.
In 2012 an AFP picture emerged on which Abdurahman could be seen next to a dead body, while he was reading the Koran. Initially he joined the Jabhat-al Nusra movement in Syria, which is linked to Al Qaida. It seems that he has now moved to the even more barbarian ISIS jihadis. It is claimed that the heads were cut off from Al Nusra fighters.
K. (37) lived for in the Netherlands for more than ten years before leaving for Syria. He collected government benefits, was completely incapacitated, and took medication for claustrophobia and schizophrenia.
In mid-February K. posted a picture of himself posing with a severed head. The problem with such images and YouTube videos is that it is difficult to verify whether they are real or just propaganda on the part of some jihadist group. K's tweets and emails indicate he is from Almere, but whether he actually severs real heads is unclear. In any case, he wants to present himself as a ruthless jihadist. In October 2012 he was pictured sitting next to a corpse while reading from a Koran perched on his lap.
In 2011 K. spent two weeks in custody on suspicion of terrorism but was released due to a lack of evidence. Not long afterwards he traveled to Syria and in 2012 was still active with Jabhat al-Nusra, which is linked to Al Qaeda. But according to the text that accompanies his recent horror pictures, he has since transferred to the Islamic State of Iraq and Shaam (ISIS). The five heads shown in the photo are presumably al-Nusra fighters who have been battling ISIS since early this year.
Last updated: 10 June 2014
Ernst, Douglas. "Obama's Taliban Release Terrifies Afghan Locals." The Washington Times. 5 June 2014. Hodge, Nathan. "Release of Taliban Detainees Alarms Afghan Villagers." The Wall Street Journal. 4 June 2014.