Will Hammond thought he was as far away from the Middle East as he could get.
An Army veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, the 35-year-old Hammond now works as a field engineer in Alberta, Canada. So he was taken aback when a friend and fellow veteran posted an ISIS recruitment video on Facebook — and Hammond saw himself in the clip.
“I was shocked,” Hammond said. “It’s not every day you find yourself in propaganda.”
“No Respite” was posted online by the terror group in late November. In the four-minute animated video, a deep-voiced narrator with an unplaceable accent begins with a boast about the geographical size of the Islamic State and some potshots at US presidents (George W. Bush is a “liar,” Bill Clinton a “fornicator”) before taunting American soldiers about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the suicide rates among returning veterans.
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