Dutch jihadi answers questions on Tumblr, justifies Paris attacks

Yilmaz on YouTubeSocial media site Tumblr has disabled the account of a high profile Dutch jihadi who had been answering questions online, the New York Times said at the weekend.

Israfil Yilmaz, who left the Dutch army in 2012 to join rebels fighting to topple Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, turned to Tumblr since his accounts on Instagram, Ask.fm and Twitter were suspended, the paper said.

Yilmaz first came to media prominence in January 2014, when he was interviewed by Dutch current affairs show Nieuwsuur. He was the first Dutch jihadi to appear in the media.

Then, in November it emerged an 18-year-old Dutch Muslim convert had spent nine months in Syria after travelling there to marry him but had escaped with the help of her mother.

Asked by the New York Times about the attacks in Paris, Yilmaz  called them a fair response to the bombardment of Islamic State positions by the French Air Force.

‘Would I make a big deal out of it if the Islamic State declared war on Iceland and Iceland started attacking us? Of course not,’ he told the paper.

‘That’s life in the big city. You can’t just declare war on the Muslims (kill their women and children) and expect to be left alone even though you might reside somewhere far away. That’s something everybody understands right?’

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