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Praising Syria Strikes, Arabs Hail Donald Trump as 'Abu Ivanka Al-Amriki'

Arabs on social media are praising President Donald Trump for ordering the first direct U.S. military action against Syrian government forces, and they’ve even invented an honorific title for him: “Abu Ivanka al-Amriki.”

“You what!? Good morning.. How big you are Abu Ivanka,” wrote Moussa al-Omar, a Syrian journalist living in London.

The full title — Abu Ivanka al-Amriki — means, “Father of Ivanka the American,” the BBC reported.

The Guardian‘s Kareem Shaheen, a Turkey and Middle East reporter, shared this hilarious photo of Trump with the title in Arabic, complete with full blonde beard.

CNN’s senior international correspondent, Clarissa Ward, confirmed the reports of Trump’s title on the ground in Syria. “One Syrian tells me the new nom de guerre for President Trump on the ground in Northern Syria is Abu Ivanka al Amriki.”

This reporting suggests serious support for Trump, along with the fact that many Syrians changed their social media avatars to pictures of the U.S. president with “I love you” in Arabic beneath them.

Many might just have been joking. One user declared of Trump: “He became Sheikh of sheikhs Wahhabism. hahahahahah your blessings, o Shaykh Abu Ivanka hahahahah.” (A sheikh is a religious leader, and Wahhabism is a violent sect of Islam which inspired the Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamic State.)

Another shared a video of a Syrian man “praising Trump (Abu Ivanka)” with crying while laughing emojis.

One Syrian praised Trump, describing him as a “man of his words,” unlike President Barack Obama.

Another said, “You did in a few months what Obama couldn’t do in 8 years.” Yet another offered roses to “my brother Abu Ivanka.”

The BBC reported many more messages.

And while some said they “never thought” this day would come, they thankedTrump for doing “what no cowardly Arab ruler could do”.

“Hope is slowly returning to our hearts. Thank you, Trump,” one Syrian posted.

“For the first time in six years, the Assad regime has been held accountable for its crimes,” a London-based Syrian said.

A Houston-based Syrian shared an image of Trump with the simple message, “we love you.”

Syrian journalist Rami Jarrah presented a more measured response, arguing that “Syrians are not cheering a pathetic human being like Trump, they’re just happy Assad has less means to kill them with.” That may be true, but whatever the reason, Syrians are hailing Trump.

One user asked, “So now you love Trump? Where are those who said when he came into power that he hates Arabs and Muslims?” (Translation via the BBC.)

Pro-Assad Syrians had a different perspective, however. One user asked, “Is Trump going to bomb his own airfields for all the Iraqi and Syrian children they have killed in Raqqa and Mosul?”

Despite such critics, Abu Ivanka al-Amriki has become rather popular among the Syrian rebels. The question is, what will he do next, and how will the Syrians respond?