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Twitter Agent Provocateur “Ahimla Jihada” Exposed As Fake

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by Shibli Zaman

Recently, Twitter was abuzz with its latest agent provocateur tweeting in support of the orcs of our time, ISIS.

Ahimla_Jihada_ISIS

I’ve emblazoned the image with the word “Fake” in order to avoid spreading this nonsense uwittingly.

The tweets of this person declaring her undying devotion and love for ISIS from right here within the borders of the United States garnered some pretty ludicrous responses. After all, ignorance only begets ignorance.

Fake_isis_Twitter

On the blogosphere it was much worse. There were serious efforts to locate her and murder her:

Fake_isis_pic_blog

In this crazed flurry of suggestions to bomb Mecca and Medina, to kill Muslims, and to even go as far as attempting to find and kill this girl, these folks overlooked a glaring detail that I was able to discern in 5 minutes. “Ahimla Jihada” is fake. Twitter apparently discovered this early on and any attempt to access the Twitter account @ahimla2 will reach this page:

Fake_ISIS_Twitter2
So who is she? First and foremost, the name “Ahimla” doesn’t exist in any language on earth. Google it. All you will get are nutters plotting to kill this phantom or results thinking you misspelled the Indian city “Shimla”.

You won’t find a single person on earth named “Ahimla”. People have all kinds of crazy names. Frank Zappa named his kids Dweezil, Moon Unit, and even —as awesome as it is— Rodan. Ving Rhames named his kid Reignbeau. Yes. Pronounced “Rainbow”. David Duchovny named his kid…well…Kyd. But the twit behind this fake Twitter account had to use the one name that just didn’t exist on planet earth. Finally, the last name “Jihada”? That really took a lot of thought.

As for the picture, herein is something very sad and a lesson in sleuthing fabricated propaganda on the internet. Bookmark the URL https://www.tineye.com/ right now. Using this website you can upload any image and it will search the internet for every instance of the image and even similar images going back for years.

I always use this site whenever I get images over social media allegedly portraying atrocities committed in some crisis point of the world. A majority of the time those pictures end up being lifted from something completely unrelated to what they are purported to represent. Don’t get duped! I hope everyone will start using this site to verify the authenticity of images that make claims with an objective of manipulating public opinion.

In this case I was able to find the source of this poor girl’s image. It was taken on April 1, 2009, five years ago, by a photographer who thought this girl’s infectiously cute smile would make a great picture. It was lifted from his Flickr account. Here’s the link to the original post:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/24124408@N08/3652365479/

Note, that he titled the picture “Angel Face”. How both ironic and tragic is it that this young girl’s angelic face was used to represent such great evil by someone who can be described as no less than a diabolical liar. Not only is this innocent girl’s life in danger but there are clearly people ready to exact violence upon any girl who even looks like her. That would be any Muslim woman who wears a scarf.

In the end, there are two critical details to be gleaned from this:

First, in the absence of any American-Muslims supporting such terrorist organizations they found the need to fabricate such a person. American-Muslims deserve a pat on the back for this. We have all kinds of crazies just like anyone else, but we should be proud that these incognito Islamophobes couldn’t find a real extremist to retweet. They had to fabricate one.

Second, it should make everyone painfully aware of what we’re up against. There are dubious forces from an increasingly belligerent political Right who are out to brainwash, by hook or crook, the American public into hating their fellow citizens of the Muslim faith and to justify a foreign policy in the “10/40 Window” that has tarnished America’s reputation globally and needlessly puts our men and women in uniform in harm’s way. It’s high time we fight misinformation with information.

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  • Jekyll

    Bread and circus.

  • Jekyll

    The right is easy to target because they lack academic credentials. The left with it’s sophistry usually post their travesties in “journals” and “studies”.
    Sooner or later…

  • Jekyll

    Peoples pictures being used without their permission all over the internet: Welcome to the Zigeist. Everybody will need multiple indentities soon enough.

  • JD

  • Lithium2006

    That Homer guy probably thinks those negros should have known their place, wouldn’t be surprising if he came out with Bs along the lines of “Well those blah men should’ve known better than to be blah otherwise them nice white folk wouldn’t have needed to waste their rope.” (Sadly, there are sick SOBs on the media matters disqus boards who say crap like this). Bigots tend to be painfully predictable.

  • Lithium2006

    Isn’t your ass begging you to stop dragging it here only to be kicked multiple times before you slither back to the hole you crawled out of?

  • Lithium2006

    “I am sorry but the radical Muslims are really making it hard to trust any muslim and justifies our distrust.”

    The American government’s actions in the Mid East over the past several decades should be the source of your distrust, not it’s victims.

  • Lithium2006

    If anything, your “concerns” are nothing but paranoia fueled by a corporate media driven by the need to raise profits so they fill moronic viewers such as yourself with enough BS to keep your eyes super glued to the TV screen. You are so uninformed that there is really no reasoning or bringing out the irony in your shallow mean world syndrome induced view of reality.

  • Awesome

    Aren’t conclusions about a person more reliable when they are based on actual first-person interactions and observations rather than on prejudices that are based on lies, half-truths and sensationalism?

  • Awesome

    Understand the reasoning behind us being cautious. We react to what we see in the media.

    – The media is a very unreliable source to properly understand current events from. Utilizing a little bit of critical thinking and common sense should be enough to conclude at least that much.

  • The greenmantle

    I would hope so .

    Sir David

  • Mehdi

    Whatever…

  • Capt. Hennessy

    Obviously you are uninformed of what the Tea Party is all about. The Tea Party believes Secular Humanist Laws are actually Biblical Laws. The Tea Party hails America for freedom of speech, free thought and women’s rights but doesn’t comprehend that the Bible opposes all of those freedoms and rights. And the Tea Party itself opposes all those freedoms and rights, its just they don’t admit to it.

    I’m very familiar with what Secular stands for.

    In fact Islam has more secular undertones via the Chapter 109 Al Kafirun. Which clearly states we are all free to believe what we want.

  • Capt. Hennessy

    So is being French.

  • Reynardine

    They’re not secular at all.

    In case there is some transAtlantic miscomprehension,
    let me explain that “secular” is not to be construed as “antireligious” or even “nonreligious”. In the Constitutional sense, it is exactly the same as “nonsectarian”.

  • Reynardine

    Straw men. As for nonsense, I have little use for it. It is your day that is over, or you wouldn’t be so Hell-bent on forcing your miserable worldview on those who don’t care to share it.

  • Reynardine

    Thanks, Mehdi! I have three more Medjool date seedlings.

  • Reynardine

    Look, I can’t help it if you’re three years old.

  • Reynardine

    Yeah, that was the Murrah Building.

  • Reynardine

    Normally not, though I’ve seen some bigoted statements from leftists, but the exclusionist/exterminationist rhetoric in this country is invariably either from Dominionist Christians or hard core Neocons of whatever provenance.

  • JD

    Whatever! I don’t believe there is a thing wrong with being suspicious
    of a religion that has clerics that go on television and says “Shariah
    is coming to a town near you”……

    GO ON…….

  • JD

    yup i agree

  • Mehdi

    That’s racist

  • golden izanagi

    so your basically trotting out the “muslims never condemn anything” line that idiots like trotting out that has been debunked time and time and time and time again http://www.patheos.com/blogs/deaconsbench/2014/08/the-muslims-who-are-condemning-isis/

  • adc714

    don’t even bother homer, the loons on loon watch don’t take kindly to people bringing up the problems within islam…its always something else, but never islam’s fault

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