Pictured, the most feared policeman in the world: Jihadi in charge of religious police in ISIS capital behind countless beheadings, crucifixions and amputations
- Hicham Chaib was a prominent member of Sharia4Belgium Islamist group
- 31-year-old acted as leader’s bodyguard but left to join ISIS in 2013
- Chaib soon became a prominent figure in Syria, appearing in propaganda
- He is considered a major reason why there are more Belgium nationals fighting for ISIS than any other Western nation
- Chaib is now said to be leading ISIS’ feared religious police in Raqqa
A chilling new image has emerged of a Belgian jihadi who is understood to lead ISIS’ feared religious police force – making him responsible for countless beheadings, crucifixions and amputations in Syria over the past year.
Hicham Chaib, 31, who goes by the nom de guerre Abu Haniefa, joined the terror group in March 2013 and has risen up the ranks to become one the terror group’s most senior executioners.
Based in ISIS’ de facto capital Raqqa, Chahib has appeared in dozens of sickening propaganda video releases and photographs, which have led to him becoming something of a poster boy for depraved Belgian extremists who follow his every move while he wages jihad.
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Feared: The latest photograph shows Belgian Hicham Chaib, 31 (centre) dressed in the all black uniform of ISIS’ religious police force, which he is understood to lead in the group’s de facto capital Raqqa
Before joining ISIS, Chaib worked as a senior figure within Sharia4Belgium – a radical Islamist group that was branded a terror organisation by a judge who found 45 members guilty of terror-related offences in February.
Heavily-built Chaib is understood to have served as a personal bodyguard for the group’s lead Fouad Belkacem – who was jailed for 12 years following February’s trial.
Chahib even served as co-leader of Sharia4Belgium when Belkacem was jailed for two years for incitement of hatred towards non-Muslims in Antwerp in June 2012.
The other two men who helped Chaib lead the group, Feisal Yamoun and Noureddine Abouallal, are both understood to have been killed fighting in Syria in recent years.
A year later Chaib and his wife Kaoutar Bioui fled to Syria to join ISIS, which had yet to declare itself a caliphate and was just one of a number of terror groups battling for power and territory.
Having become one of the first Westerners to join ISIS, Chaib positioned himself as a senior propagandist – using his Facebook page to encourage new recruits and starring in a large number of propaganda videos and photographs released by the then rapidly expanding terror group.
With Chaib being arguably the most prominent Belgian figure in ISIS during its rapid expansion last year, it is no stretch to say he is largely responsible for the fact Belgium has seen more nationals join ISIS’ ranks than any other Western country.
Over the past year, Chaib has rapidly risen up the ISIS ranks – even being photographed alongside the group’s notorious commander of Iraq’s Anbar province, Abu Wahib.
The majority of early Belgian recruits to the terror group are believed to have lived together in a large villa in Aleppo province, suggesting that in order to be photographed alongside Abu Wahib, Chaib was regularly travelling around the vast swathes of territory under the terror group’s control.
When VICE reporter Medyan Dairieh was granted unprecedented access to make an extraordinary documentary on the terror group last August, the leader of ISIS’ religious police force in Raqqa – known as the Hisbah – was a militant named Abu Obida.
Part three of the five part series focussed on the day to day activities of the force, providing insight into the sort of activities Chaib is now overseeing in Raqqa, according to respected Belgian journalist Guy Van Vlierden.
As well as the attention-grabbing savagery of public executions and amputations, the Hisbah prowl the streets of the capital interfering in every single aspect of the local population’s lives.
No matter is too small for stop the feared police force intervening, whether its issuing harsh punishments for shopkeepers who make too much profit, or threatening women with prison because the material on their veil is not thick enough.
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