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Angel Of Death: Meet ISIS’ Worst Nightmare


ISIS is now facing dual challenges in Tikrit, as the Iraqi army and Iranian-backed Shia militias are both fighting to recapture the city. The most frightening single nemesis Islamic State militants face, however, is the notorious Abu-Azrael (“Angel of death” in Arabic). Azrael is a legendary commander from the al-Imam Ali brigades, an Iranian proxy group fighting in Iraq. He has become a cult figure, with Iraqi social media users creating tribute Facebook pages to him, and circulating images of Abu-Azrael holding axes, waving swords and abusing the corpses of ISIS fighters.