A DAESH fighter has become the unlikely target of Spanish social-media ridicule after threatening Spain that more attacks would follow those in Catalonia.
Twitter users responded to a Daesh video by turning the young Spanish-speaking jihadist into a meme that was among the social-media site’s most popular ‘trending topics’.
In one, the bearded jihadist becomes a YouTube blogger asking for viewers to like – and subscribe to – his channel.
In another, he raps along to a reggaeton track dubbed the “official ISIS remix.”
“When you see me, I know you’re trembling,” the fighter raps in a version of Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny’s hit Tu No Metes Cabra(You Don’t Scare Me).
In the original video, the fighter said Daesh would avenge Muslims killed in the 15th-century Spanish Inquisition and rebuild “Al Andalus,” the medieval Muslim territory that occupied most of modern Spain and Portugal.
Daesh claimed responsibility for the attacks on August 17 and 18, in which jihadists in a van mowed crowds down on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas and then later assaulted the Catalan seaside resort of Cambrils.
The Spanish media, citing police sources, have identified the fighter as 22-year-old Muhammad Yasin Ahram Perez, born in the southern Spanish city of Cordoba, who moved to Syria to join Daesh in 2014 with his mother and brothers.
One popular meme with the fighter, known as “El Cordobes,” referred to a Spanish online backlash last year against British chef Jamie Oliver for attempting to remake paella, by adding muscles and chorizo.
“An authentic paella is made WITHOUT seafood,” the fighter is quoted saying in the tweet’s caption.