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Thursday, March 16, 2017

ISIS leader blows himself up too soon

His parents may have hoped he would amount to more than just a scattering of body parts. Maybe they hoped he'd be a true martyr, "a contender" for the cause of jihad.

Instead, the Indonesian national and commander of Islamic State group militants in Southeast Asia, died fighting in Syria in a screwed up suicide attack on troops loyal to chinless Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Bahrumsyah died when his car, which was jam-packed with explosives, exploded before it reached a unit of the Syrian Army near Palmyra. 

Sadly, it was a 'cherry ride' and got good gas mileage.

ISIS confirmed Bahrumsyah's death Tuesday but used his nom de guerre, Abu Muhammad al-Indonesi, but said he successfully inflicted significant damage on Syrian troops.

The latest 'Muhammad' was handpicked by ISIS head picker, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He was selected to lead a unit of jihadists from the Malay Archipelago in the Syrian civil war.

Bahrumsyah was alleged to be a major planner in the funding of the Jan. 2016 attack at a Starbucks in Jakarta, which killed 4 civilians and injured 20. The U.S. placed him on the terrorist watchlist that month.

According to Ridlwan Habi, an expert on international terror groups, obituaries and Muslim prayers for the blown-to-smithereen Bahrumsyah have been pouring in on Twitter from ISIS members in Indonesia.

In 2016, there were 22 terrorist groups in Indonesia that pledged allegiance to al-Baghdadi, Time Magazine reported. Abut 600 Indonesians were believed to have traveled to ISIS-controlled territories to fight in Iraq and Syria from 2006 to 2016.

But the one country that leads in the recruitment of ISIS fighters is Saudi Arabia.