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Bengaluru Executive operates Top Twitter Ac of IS

New Delhi, Dec 12: In a shocking revelation, the top twitter account of the Islamic State (IS), the most dangerous terror outfit, is run by a Bengaluru-based Indian executive, claims a British news channel.

According to Channel 4 News, the man behind the most influential IS Twitter account is called "Mehdi" and he is an executive in Bengaluru working for an Indian conglomerate.

However, the channel did not reveal his name as he says that his life would be in danger if his true identity was made public.

"His tweets, written under the name Shami Witness, were seen two million times each month, making him perhaps the most influential Islamic State Twitter account, with over 17,700 followers," the channel says.

Mehdi used to post thousands of updates every month, usually from his cellphone on @ShamiWitness Twitter account. Notably, Shami Witness, "the most influential pro-Islamic State Twitter account to be followed by foreign jihadis" is no more active after the probe uncovered the identity of the man behind it.

The channel claims that Mehdi used to spend his day "sending thousands of tweets of propaganda about the Islamic State militant group, acting as the leading conduit of information between jihadis, supporters, and recruits."

As per a recent report by the Brookings Institute, social media is "one of the key organisational strengths of the Islamic State". Quoting the report, the channel says the group uses such channels "to spread and legitimise IS ideology, activities, and objectives, and to recruit and acquire international support."

"Two thirds of all foreign fighters on Twitter followed him (Shami Witness). When a fighter's Twitter account is suspended, he often promoted the new one and urged people to follow it," the channel further claims.

Not just this, Mehdi was in regular touch of British jihadis, and used to hail them as martyrs if they died.

His family is the reason why Mehdi could not join Islamic State himself. "If I had a chance to leave everything and join them I might have.. my family needs me here."

He tweeted the video of the execution of US aid worker Peter Kassig five times.

"May allah guide, protect, strengthen and expand the Islamic State ... Islamic State brought peace, autonomy, zero corruption, low crime-rate", he wrote on Twitter in November.

As far as his Facebook pages is concerned, the man "regularly shares jokes, funny images and talks about superhero movies, posting pictures of pizza dinners with friends, and Hawaiian parties at work."

However, conversations regarding uprisings in Libya and Egypt indicate his Islamist ideology.

The recent revelation by the British channel gave another scoop to NIA and Intelligence Bureau (IB) to dig out the IS activities in India. Earlier, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said that India may face threats from the terror outfit IS and Al Qaeda after the arrest of Kalyan boy Areeb Majeed, one of the four youths from India who joined IS.


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