Abu Azrael, as he is known, is purported to be a legendary commander of the Imam Ali Brigade, an Iranian proxy group fighting in Iraq.

Abu Azrael – which roughly translates to ‘The Angel of Death’ – is purportedly the leader of the Imam Ali Brigade, a group fighting Islamic State 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.

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