ISIS apparently has a thing for British executioners. When ISIS first released videos showing the murders of American hostages, the executioner was quickly identified as Mohammed Emwazi, a British Muslim.
Following Emwazi’s incineration from a drone strike in mid-November, a new face has appeared in ISIS propaganda and as Breitbart reports, A documentary film maker has claimed the accent and speech pattern of the new killer is so distinct he can say it is Abu Rumaysah, a British citizen of Pakistani origin.
But his sister has made a shocking promise if he is confirmed as the masked Briton in a new Islamic State video in which five hostages are executed.
As the Mirror reports, “Konika Dhar, from north London, said she does not believe her brother, formerly known as Siddhartha Dhar, is the man in the video, but she conceded the voice sounded “a bit like him”.
Ms Dhar said: “If it is him, bloody hell am I shocked? I am going to kill him myself. He is going to come back and I am going to kill him if he has done this.
Ms Dhar said: “If it is him, bloody hell am I shocked? I am going to kill him myself. He is going to come back and I am going to kill him if he has done this.“I can’t believe it. This is just so shocking for me.” She said she has not had contact with her brother in more than a year, saying she “doesn’t even know who he is” any more.”
Breitbart says, Abu Rumaysah is a known, British-origin Islamist who escaped the country and fled to the Islamic State after he was arrested last year.
In the film, the killer taunts David Cameron for being a slave to the United States, and what he calls a “mule of the Jews”, before ridiculing the small size of the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the lack of effect it has been having in strikes against the Islamic State. Five men accused of spying for the British government are then executed by firing squad during the video.
Abu Rumaysah is a close friend and follower of extremist British cleric Anjem Choudary, and was arrested alongside him in 2014 on suspicion of encouraging terrorism. He had regularly appeared alongside Mr Choudary at Islamist demonstrations in London and was believed to be close to Michael Adebolajo, one of the men who killed soldier Lee Rigby.
Although he was on bail subject to handing in his passport, he was still able to board a bus to Paris, from where he travelled to Turkey to join Islamic State.
In March last year, Abu Rumaysah published a detailed defence of “Jihadi John”, saying he was “justified in his position”, arguing “Islamic State has the moral high ground with regards to the use of violence, and not the US-led coalition.”
Well, we’ll see about his “high moral ground” if his sister has anything to do about it.
[Note: this story was written by The Analytical Economist]