I just read an article linked from my Facebook feed, about a priest named Hermann Groschlin of the Saint Dominican Catholic Presbytery of Ayyash. The article suggests word is being spread of the testimony of an ISIS fighter who was brought to him after being rescued from battle where the fighter received multiple gunshot wounds and was believed dead, who roused awake while being carried off for burial and told of visions about the afterlife and being forced to endure the deaths he had perpetrated as if he were the victim and seeking repentance.
The article appears to me to be fake, based on fact-checking of various elements — not to mention the fact that the site itself claims to be satirical.
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If that’s not enough to convince you, consider also:
The white-bearded man described as the priest Hermann Groschlin may actually be a photo of a gent from the Ukraine. A larger image of him can be found in this photography composition entitled, “White beard. Old man. True Ukrainian.”
The latter contains a comment that suggests the man in the hospital bed is not actually an ISIS fighter, but is instead may actually be Abu Muhammad, supposedly an ISIL commander receiving treatment in Turkey. A large image of the headline photo can be found at this Hurriyet Daily News article from April 2014.
As far as my research has led me, there doesn’t seem to actually be a newspaper called the Aleppo Herald, or no one that even references it other than these copy-pasted articles. I have tweeted to @aleppomediacent, @AMCEnglish and PM’d the Aleppo Media Center on Facebook to see if they can verify the existence of such a media source. I’ll update this post when response arrives.
Ayyash is an actual place in Syria according to this Google map, at least.