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It Turns Out ISIS Fighters Are Kinda Crap And This One Stands Out As The Worst

Who among us hasn't been Abu Hajaar at some point in our lives?

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But compared to the slick videos ISIS has pumped out, it looks like some — if not many — of ISIS’s units are a little less…polished than ones the group highlights.

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This week, Vice News released footage it said was "taken from the headcam of an Islamic State (IS) fighter who died in March while battling Kurdish peshmerga troops in northern Iraq."

The camera is strapped to the head of a fighter identified as Abu Ridhwan, the leader of the five-man crew driving around in a souped-up armored vehicle.

Vice News

(You can read this excellent analysis of the video for more details about the vehicles and weapons being used by the fighters.)


Eventually the Kurdish peshmerga against which the ISIS team is fighting manages to disable the vehicle, forcing the fighters to retreat. While we're not sure if Abu Hajaar was killed, his memory lives on in the hashtag #AbuHajaar.

Indeed, who among us hasn't filled the role of Abu Hajaar, trying our best to do something we believe in, only to fail horribly.

"Bloody hell, #AbuHajaar ! What are you doing ?!"

Despite his inherently relatable nature, the masses went in on Abu Hajaar, comparing him to the protagonists in the jihadi satire Four Lions.

I think #AbuHajaar's final thoughts were "rubber dinghy rapids"

They mocked his and his cohorts' incessant rolling once they abandoned their vehicle.

The Moment #AbuHajaar Truck got shot


And the general failboat that was his crew.

I know nobody cares about #AbuHajaar but I'm still laughing

They compared him to famous fails, including on the soccer pitch...

@mikey_tpb #AbuHajaar

...And Australia's infamous Stoner Sloth anti-drug ad campaign.

They imagined the horror of learning they'd have to work and fight side by side with him.

You have just found out #AbuHajaar will be joining your team.


When you find out that #AbuHajaar got put in your squad

But some, just some, realized just how tough firing a gun that big has to be.

It happens to the best of us. #AbuHajaar #StopBullyingAbuHajaar

In closing, Abu Hajaar will be missed — not for his fighting for a terrible, horrible group. But for providing us the laugh-tracked backed ISIS footage the world sorely needed.

And sometimes the internet totally delivers #JeSuisAbuHajaar #AbuHajaar guest stars on Seinfeld

Hayes Brown is a world news editor and reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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