Forgery: Purported Hisba document from Deir az-Zor region

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Islamic State

Diwan al-Hisba
Wilayat al-Sham
al-Khayr

No. 0361

Praise be to God and prayers and peace be upon the Messenger of God. As for what follows:

To the individual called [redacted], living in the village of Jadid Aqeedat and owner of the oven: the Islamic State gives you a deadline of three days at most from the issuing of this statement 28 Rajab 1442 AH to distribute bread through agents. And we will never be content with the queue of women at the bakery and appointment of an agent particular to the women and the poor and displaced families.

And if you do not respond to the demands of the Islamic State, we will blow up this bakery by the permission of God. And the one who has warned has been excused.

Stamp and signature:

Abdullah al-Ansari

Islamic State
Wilayat al-Khayr
Diwan al-Hisba

[Comment: this odd document, which looks like a poorly composed electronic forgery, has numerous signs pointing to its forgery. First, the stamp is unclear and bears the marking of ‘Wilayat al-Khayr’ even though this is supposed to be a document issued in the name of Wilayat al-Sham (all Syrian territories come under this wilaya currently, with the smaller region wilayas having been cancelled some time ago). In addition, there is no reason why the Islamic State’s Diwan al-Hisba should threaten a bakery owner in some village not under its formal control to distribute bread. Comparison of the format of this document also shows many parallels with a forgery that is a purported Islamic State list threatening individuals in Deir az-Zor].

Forgery: List of individuals purportedly wanted by Islamic State

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful, and prayers and peace be upon the most noble of the creation of God- Muhammad bin Abdullah- and on all his family and companions.

Statement issued by the Islamic State with the names of some of the traitor collaborators with the Assad regime and to the SDF forces.

1. [list of names redacted]

2. [redacted] assistant in the police.

3. [list of names redacted].

And we have not wronged them for they were wronging themselves.

Date of this statement: 3 Sha’aban Hijri 1442.

[Islamic State stamp on left-hand side].



[Comment: this document, published in the outlet Jesr Press, is a very poor forgery created electronically with an unclear copy of an Islamic State stamp inserted on the side. Besides the unusual opening (it is more usual to say ‘praise be to God’ before saying ‘and prayers and peace be upon the Messenger of God…’), there are also crude spelling errors, such as spelling the Islamic State’s name with ha letters where ta marbutas should be used and spelling the forms of the verb ظلم incorrectly].

Forgery: Alleged Islamic State List Threatening Individuals in Deir az-Zor



In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Islamic State
Number: 01199

Wilayat al-Sham
al-Khayr
Diwan al-Amn al-Aam

[list of names, which I have redacted from document]

Peace be upon the one who follows the guidance. As for what follows: ‘And whoso of you stands with them is one of them.’ And therefore, these names have fallen into apostasy from loyalty to the Nusayris and the Kurdish councils and joining the ranks of the atheists. And therefore we say to you: repent before power is gained over you. Otherwise: we will kidnap you on the roads and in the markets and in the mosques even. And we will enter upon you in the homes and we will certainly destroy them over your heads and know that we see you even as you do not see us. So announce repentance from all apostasy in the mosques and before the people. So the one who repents, he makes his blood sacrosanct. And his news will come to us and we make sure from his state of affairs whether he is to be believer or if he is of the liars. And whoso does not repent, he has made his blood permissible to be shed and he only has the sword in our view. And the one who has warned has been excused, and God is predominant over His affair but most of the people do not know.

And these names are particular for the village of Jadid Akeidat (and to be continued).

Published on date 10 March 2021 CE
26 Rajab 1442 AH

Islamic State
Wilayat al-Khayr
Diwan al-Amn al-Aam

[Comment: this document, which appeared on the site Deir az-Zor 24, contains a number of suspicious features that make me sure it is a forgery. First, the typing format looks odd. Second, the document combines the new Islamic State ‘Wilayat al-Sham’ designation for the Syrian territories with an old stamp at the bottom featuring ‘Wilayat al-Khayr’ (Deir az-Zor province). Third, it is strange the document should list the wanted names first and then proceed to explain they are wanted for falling into apostasy. Fourth, the line ‘peace be upon the one who follows the guidance’ at the beginning of the explanation is very irregular. It would be more usual to begin ‘Praise be to God (etc.)…and prayers and peace be upon the (e.g. one sent with the sword as a mercy to the worlds) and (e.g. all his family and companions)].