Only by virtue of being a significant leader within Shiism
He's traditionally been very apolitical so it's odd to see this from him
I also only read the URL and while I personally find SA to be despicable beheading a woman who tortured and killed a 7 yo and beheading a journalist is IMO quite different
This is a non-story. You have been able to get a fake Syrian passport for $100 in Turkey forever.