Did the Aleppo Herald report Hermann Groschlin’s story of a converted ISIS fighter? Here’s proof.

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.

WNDR assumes however all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people – are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle.

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.”

I’m not sure who is the original writer of the article found at this World News Daily Report article, but it seems to have been copied-pasted directly to/from this speisa.com article.

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.

7 thoughts on “Did the Aleppo Herald report Hermann Groschlin’s story of a converted ISIS fighter? Here’s proof.

  1. No -doesn’t mean it didn’t happen –if it were me I would not want the facts to be out there due to it being a danger to many due to ISIS and they need to have protection for obvious reasons.

  2. Yeah, I’m going to have to side with Mr. Duncan on this one. Apostasy is a death sentence.

    I would also suggest that “Bob Flanagan” whom the author of this article labeled as a comic, is actually a case of mistaken identity. According to Wikipedia, there is a Bob Flanagan who was an author and comic. One problem, he died in 1996 of Cystic Fibrosis. The actual “Bob Flanagan” article appeared in WND, which according to its political overtones hardly makes it a satirical website. It is fair to disagree, apply criticism, and so forth. Heck even look at some of his previous articles there that appear of questionable scholarship. However, he does appear sincere, and certainly is not a comedian. Realistically it will be impossible for anyone other than flying in journalists to get to the bottom of it to establish what really happened. Perhaps going through Mr. Flanagan’s sources.

    I think the photo of Father Herman was a good catch. However, this fact check creates more questions than it purports to resolve.

    Keep on going Ablestmage. You are certainly providing balance to this viral story. Albeit, perhaps unintentionally misguided. In any event, any sort of manifestation of God should always be met with skepticism. That is certainly healthy, and will leads us all to the truth.

  3. Hi ablestmage, I want to thank you for your sleuthing on this article. My editor and I nearly did a rewrite for GodReports.com. But I checked your work and it debunks it. Unfortunately, when credible news sites pick up articles, it gives them credibility. Thanks for saving us the embarrassment. God bless. Mike

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