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Brother of Top ISIS Leader Repents, Converts to Christianity

Has the brother of a top ISIS leader repented and converted to Christianity?

Published Sep 16, 2014


Claim:   The brother of a top ISIS leader has repented and converted to Christianity.


Example:   [Collected via e-mail, September 2014]

Only two sources show up for this one but I've seen it going around: "Brother of Top ISIS Leader Repents, Converts to Christianity"


Origins:   On 5 September 2014, the World News Daily Report web site published an article positing that the brother of a top ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) leader had repented and converted to Christianity:

Mohammed Bakr al-Baghdadi, the brother of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who is the Caliph of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, has converted to christianity, reports Al-Jazeera this morning.

The move has brought the man an unprecedented backlash from the Salafist Sunni community that has ordered a fatwa, or death-sentence, on the man as soon as the news was spread in media around the muslim world.

Mohammed Bakr al-Baghadi and his family are now under the Witness Security Program that has since 9-11 opened up not only to witnesses testifying against criminal organization members but who will also testify against terrorist organizations that are less organized and more dangerous.

Soon afterwards links and excerpts referencing this item were being circulated via social media, with many of those who encountered it mistaking it for a genuine news article. However, that article was just another spoof from World News Daily Report, a fake news web site whose stock in trade is publishing fantastically fictional stories. The site's disclaimer page states that:

World News Daily Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within worldnewsdailyreport.com are fiction, and presumably fake news. Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental, except for all references to politicians and/or celebrities, in which case they are based on real people, but still based almost entirely in fiction.

Last updated:   16 September 2014

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