Islamic State Heavyweight Nabbed in Iraq so Fat He Had to be Loaded onto Flatbed Truck

The Iraqi military have bagged a big ‘un.

The 560-pound Islamic State mufti known as “Jabba the Hutt” is so enormously fat, after he was captured, Iraqi forces had to load him onto a flatbed truck because he couldn’t fit in a police car.

The ISIS heavyweight Abu Abdul Bari—also known as Shifa al-Nima—”put the fat in fatwa,” according to the New York Post. 

Bari was nabbed Thursday by an elite SWAT team of the Nineveh regiment in the city of Mosul, Stars and Stripes reported on Friday. Despite his morbid obesity, the Islamic State official was known to be a cruel monster who raped and murdered civilians.

The ISIS heavyweight is known for “provocative speeches against the security forces” and is considered one of the top leaders of “ISIS gangs,” the Iraqi government’s security media said in a statement.

Considered by ISIS to be an authority in Quranic law, Bari issued religious rulings, or fatwas, ordering the execution of scholars and clerics who refused to pledge allegiance to the terrorist group when it occupied Mosul, the statement said. He also ordered the July 2014 destruction of a mosque built at the site believed to be the burial place of the biblical prophet Jonah, who once had a notable encounter with a whale.

Macer Gifford, a British citizen who fought alongside a US-backed Kurdish militia in Syria, applauded the arrest on social media.

“I’m delighted to say that the Islamic State’s very own Jabba the Hutt has been captured in Mosul,” he wrote in a tweet.

“As long as the Devil bastes him properly Shifa al Nima should crisp nicely in hell… He literally looks like the world’s biggest chicken,” Gifford said, adding: “Good luck hanging him Iraq.”

On Facebook, Gifford made a point of stressing that the husky mufti was “a rapist and murderer” who doesn’t “deserve the noose” he is going to get. “People in the UK need to understand how cruel and evil this man is,” Gifford wrote.

The founder of the London-based anti-extremism think tank Quilliam also celebrated the terrorist’s arrest on Facebook.

“He was so overweight, maybe from remaining sedentary in his hiding place, that he had to be taken by police in the back of a pick up truck,” Maajid Nawaz wrote.

“Most religious justifications provided to ISIS for enslaving, raping, torturing, ethnic cleansing & massacring Iraqis, Syrians & others are from this paltry beast who can’t even stand on his own two legs,” he said.

“Do not underestimate the psychological blow the image of this obese monster being arrested is to ISIS. Gluttony is frowned upon by jihadists. But also, ISIS branded themselves as fighters possessing rare courage & discipline… meanwhile this walrus was their top religious cleric.”

Nawaz added: “Today was a good day for the Force & a bad day for evil.”

President Trump’s oldest son Donald Trump Jr. also did a victory lap on Twitter.

About Debra Heine

Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit. She has written for several conservative news websites over the years, including Breitbart and PJ Media.

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