AK74U, the weapon of Al Bagdadi that honors Osama Bin Laden

In jihadist propaganda, nothing is accidental. The pose with weapons is a classic in any self-respecting terrorist representation, whatever the group may be. But models there are thousands. What


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In jihadist propaganda, nothing is accidental. The pose with weapons is a classic in any self-respecting terrorist representation, whatever the group may be. But models there are thousands. That the leader of the Islamic State and pseudo-caliph of the Islamic State, Al Bagdadi, choose one exactly like the one shown by Osama Bin Laden and place it next to him , as did the leader of Al Qaeda, is a declaration of intent . First, copy weapon and aesthetics, almost as a tribute to the Saudi terrorist. Second, it sends a message of succession to the Salafist world. It is an icon and, in the hands of Al Bagdadi, even more so.

The weapon chosen by the caliph of the Islamic State in his last video is the AK74U, the same model that Bin Laden showed in his propaganda frames from the heart of Afghanistan in 2001 , weeks after the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon . It is a short and more modernized version of the classic AK47 created by the Russian engineer Mikhail Kalashnikov in 1947, hence its name. It is so well known for those Al Qaeda videos that in jihadist groups around the world this assault rifle is known as 'the Osama' and is very much in demand for having been committed on an icon. For example, Amedy Coulibaly, one of the authors of the terrorist massacre in Paris on January 9, 2015, poses with an AK74U in the video that he left engraved before kidnapping the clientele of a kosher supermarket in the French capital. She also posed with her Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq and Ayman al Zawahiri, current head of the terrorist group after the death of Bin Laden.

Bin Laden's personal weapon, that AK74U is in a secret CIA museum at the Langley headquarters, and shows a rarity . The marks of Russian manufacture were erased at some point and replaced by other counterfeit Chinese, perhaps so that no one knew of the original origin of a certain batch of weapons, something usual in the world of traffickers. The al Qaeda leader tried to wield her against the Navy Seals that ended her life on the third floor of her Pakistani home in Abbottabad and took her away as a trophy.

One among five families and five versions

The weapon that showed Bin Laden and now Al Bagdadi is not as common as the AK47, older but also more numerous. In some places, such as Afghanistan, it was very difficult to find this short and modernized version, which has five versions of its own and belongs to one of the five most common families of this Russian design (AK-47, AK-74, AKM, AK- 101 and AK-12) but it is not so easy to see in the hands of a jihadist militiaman , while the classic AK47 has millions of copies in the hands of armed groups around the world and is probably the most fabricated (and photographed) weapon of the history.

As a curiosity, Uday Hussein commissioned the Russian factory some models of solid gold from this same AK74U, as well as pistols and sniper rifles stored in suitcases with chargers and also gold bullets. They were a gift for his father, Saddam . They were found by US Marines who entered their palaces in the fall of the Baghdad regime. Your final destination is a mystery today. These 'Osamas' generated a fashion later copied by drug dealers , gangsters and gangsters from around the world.

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