Damascus: ISIS jihadis have released new pictures of an 81-year-old Chinese grandad – believed to be their oldest fighter – in what appears to be a desperate bid to boost troops morale.
The terror organisation, which is struggling to hold onto the Iraqi city of Fallujah, published the picture of Muhammed Amin – who is said to have once been a member of the minority Muslim Uighur in Xinjiang, an autonomous territory in China once known as Turkestan.
According to MailOnline, ISIS chiefs claim the grandad left his home country with his family after seeing a video of his jihadi son being killed in Syria.
In the new pictures, the ageing extremist can be seen holding a hand gun and posing in front of a camera with another unidentified man. The desperate attempt to win supporters comes as ISIS fighters launched a series of counter attacks as Iraqi forces continued to advance on its stronghold of Fallujah.
Reports today suggest more than 75 of the jihadists were killed when the attack was repelled. The newspaper claims that inside the city, panicked extremists were reported to have rounded up about 100 young men while other fighters branded residents “cowards” for not backing their cause.
Last year 83-year-old Amin featured in a propaganda video released by the extremists in which he said: “I was subjected to oppression in Turkestan at the hands of the Chinese… for 60 years.
“I made hijrah (religious journey) accompanied by my four grandsons, my daughter and my wife.”