An Icelandic filmmaker is reported to be behind some of ISIS’s recruitment videos

A blog post published on the website on Tuesday maintains that an Icelandic filmmaker is behind some of ISIS’s recruitment videos. Grapevine was the first Icelandic news outlet to report the story.

The posts author, Sarah Birke, quotes a Syrian defector from ISIS saying that “an Icelandic filmmaker was among the recruits to the group, hence the professional videos used to attract new recruits and scare Western viewers.”

The National Broadcasting Service, RÚV, contacted Birke who says her source, a man named Abu Hamza, was convinced that the filmmaker’s nationality was indeed Icelandic. However, he provided her with very little additional information. The claim has yet to be proven true.

In October RÚV reported that an organization linked to the militant group ISIS had its domain name registered in Iceland. The domain was registered with the Icelandic web hosting service ISNIC that terminated the domain due to the website’s content.

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