For the most part, the jihadis fighting in Iraq, Syria and other nations tend to curate fairly basic social feeds. Take Mes Tiri’s Facebook account. #NoFilter, indeed.

Dutch-born Israfil Yilmaz, however, stands apart from his peers. As we showed you in January, the trained Dutch soldier of Turkish descent has persistently posted images from his personal jihad in Syria to Twitter and Instagram with a creative European flair and a millennial fluency on the platforms.

Since we last covered Yilmaz, he has switched up his Instagram handle (after the platform shut him down for breaching guidelines) and also closed or changed his other feeds as necessary. His Twitter handle, @chechisback, pokes fun at those who try to shut him off social media. You can’t keep a good jihadi down, it seems. His Tumblr, Battlefields of Syria, which gives more personal vignettes and a greater insight into his personality, remains unmolested. Despite attacks on other accounts—and the bloodiest period yet in the Syrian war—Yilmaz has not changed his MO. He’s still posting from Syria, using all the filters in his arsenal to create an Instagram feed that’s equal parts aesthetic and alarming. We’d tell you to enjoy snaps from it, but that doesn’t feel right.

07/22/14 16:46 UTC@chechisback

The difference between the boys back home, and the men in Jihad. http://t.co/WQpKvaBmlC

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For the most part, the jihadis fighting in Iraq, Syria and other nations tend to curate fairly basic social feeds. Take Mes Tiri’s Facebook account. #NoFilter, indeed.

Dutch-born Israfil Yilmaz, however, stands apart from his peers. As we showed you in January, the trained Dutch soldier of Turkish descent has persistently posted images from his personal jihad in Syria to Twitter and Instagram with a creative European flair and a millennial fluency on the platforms.

Since we last covered Yilmaz, he has switched up his Instagram handle (after the platform shut him down for breaching guidelines) and also closed or changed his other feeds as necessary. His Twitter handle, @chechisback, pokes fun at those who try to shut him off social media. You can’t keep a good jihadi down, it seems. His Tumblr, Battlefields of Syria, which gives more personal vignettes and a greater insight into his personality, remains unmolested. Despite attacks on other accounts—and the bloodiest period yet in the Syrian war—Yilmaz has not changed his MO. He’s still posting from Syria, using all the filters in his arsenal to create an Instagram feed that’s equal parts aesthetic and alarming. We’d tell you to enjoy snaps from it, but that doesn’t feel right.

07/22/14 16:46 UTC@chechisback

The difference between the boys back home, and the men in Jihad. http://t.co/WQpKvaBmlC

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