Update, December 11th: Well, we fell for a hoax. Writer and satirist Steve Charnock fed the story to CartelBlog.com as "a work of pure fiction" before it was picked up by mainstream media outlets. A guy can dream, I guess.
Original story: ISIS has no shortage of enemies: the U.S., France, the hacker collective known as Anonymous. And now the terrorist group can add one more to their list: Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzman, the notorious Mexican drug kingpin who tunneled out of a prison near Mexico City in July.
According to an email reportedly sent by Chapo and leaked to CartelBlog.com, an independent website documenting the activities of Mexican cartels in America's failed drug war, Chapo isn't targeting ISIS in revenge for the Paris attacks that left 130 dead in November. Instead, he's taking aim at the terrorist organization because ISIS militants destroyed a large shipment of drugs that entered the Middle East in the past few weeks.
Here's what he alledgedly wrote:
You [ISIS] are not soldiers. You are nothing but lowly pussies. Your god cannot save you from the true terror that my men will levy at you if you continue to impact my operation.
My men will destroy you. The world is not yours to dictate. I pity the next son of a whore that tries to interfere with the business of the Sinaloa Cartel. I will have their heart and tongue torn from them.
Obviously, this story is a little suspect given the sourcing. CartelBlog.com says the email was obtained when a Mexican blogger "leaked the message after it was sent email encrypted directly to the Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, a prominent ISIS leader." But considering that Mexican cartels are more violent and just as brutal as ISIS (and yes, that includes beheadings), would-be ISIS militants operating in Mexico should probably watch their backs.
Chapo himself is wanted by Mexican and U.S. authorities, the latter of which has offered a $5 million reward for information leading to his capture. We'll be waiting to see if the legendary drug kingpin risks his own safety to strike back at the terrorist organization the whole world hates.
Photos by Marco Ugarte / AP