The document, however, appears to be a forgery, as there are factual, chronological, and locational issues with the flier.
For one, the memo is dated 1436. The current Islamic year is 1437.
Secondly, the document is signed by the Islamic State’s “Ninawa Province.” But Fallujah is not located in Ninawa Province. Fallujah lies in Anbar Province.
It also requests that Islamic State fighters send execution videos to Al Arabiya (headquartered in Saudi Arabia) and Al Jazeera (headquartered in Qatar), the two predominant Sunni networks in the Middle East. Yet, Islamic State has its own sophisticated media presence.
There are other more subtle errors in the Arabic language version, which has been pointed out by social media users in response to the Pentagon spokesman’s post.
Breitbart News has found that the memo is at least over two months old, as it was posted by an Iraqi man on social media on October 16.
The alleged forgery comes as pundits have sounded the alarm on the relationship between the United States and the Shiite militias, which are largely controlled by Iran. Some argue the Obama administration is playing a dangerous game by developing cordial relations with terror-backed entities. In fact, some Shiite militia groups view the United States as their “primary target,” Breitbart News has reported.
Breitbart News inquired within the Pentagon and asked if the DOD still stood by the document as legitimate.
Maj. James Brindle, a DOD spokesman, did not rescind the publication of the alleged forgery. He told Breitbart News, “Col. Steve Warren used the documents to brief reporters today about ISIL,” and directed Breitbart News to the briefing where he made the aforementioned comments. He did reiterate that Col. Warren received the documents from Iraqi forces. It remains unclear if the flier was vetted by the U.S. intelligence community.
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