Monday, September 15, 2014

Find him before it's too late: Special forces launch manhunt for Manchester taxi driver who volunteered to join Syrian refugee convoy - but who is now facing death at the hands of Jihadi John

Find him before it's too late: Special forces launch manhunt for Manchester taxi driver who volunteered to join Syrian refugee convoy - but who is now facing death at the hands of Jihadi John 

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A manhunt is under way to find British hostage and father-of-two Alan Henning, 47, who was seized while working at a Syrian aid camp and paraded in ISIS' latest terror video (inset). Unmanned drones were sent to target militants as RAF Tornados remained on 12-hour standby, with the Prime Minister condemning the 'monsters' who beheaded Mr Henning's fellow aid worker David Haines (inset top right). A chilling video uploaded by militants showed the 44-year-old reciting a scripted rant against Britain and David Cameron personally.

Mercy mission Briton who could be the next to die: Islamic State extremists claim Alan Henning will be their next victim 


Taxi driver Alan Henning (circled), 47, travelled to war-torn Syria last Christmas in a convoy of old ambulances in an attempt to take much-needed medical supplies to hospitals.

British jihadist medical student, 21, is pictured holding severed head while wearing her white doctor's jacket

Mujahidah Bint Usama beheading pic
A 21-year-old British medical student, calling herself Mujahidah Bint Usama online, has posted a picture of herself holding a severed head on Twitter while two children stand in the background.

DOMINIC LAWSON: High Street gangs pose far more of a threat than these depraved jihadis 


The Prime Minister looked ashen when he rushed back to Downing Street late on Saturday night - he had just learned of the video footage showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines.
A manhunt is under way to find the British hostage still in the hands of fanatical murderer Jihadi John.
Special forces and intelligence officers have been ordered to urgently locate Alan Henning, 47, who travelled to Syria to deliver humanitarian aid.
The father of two, a taxi driver from Manchester, is paraded at the end of a horrific new video showing the beheading of British hostage David Haines – implying that he will be next.
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Father of two Alan Henning, a taxi driver from Manchester (pictured at a Syrian aid camp) was paraded at the end of a horrific new video showing the beheading of British hostage David Haines ¿ implying he will be next
Father of two Alan Henning, a taxi driver from Manchester (pictured at a Syrian aid camp) was paraded at the end of a horrific new video showing the beheading of British hostage David Haines – implying he will be next
Amid mounting pressure on the Prime Minister to act, specialists are drawing up plans for potential ‘high risk’ rescue operations to get him out of danger. 
Terrorism: Sick video which showed the beheading of aid worker David Haines
Terrorism: Sick video which showed the beheading of aid worker David Haines
They are using advanced voice box recognition to locate Briton Jihadi John, believing any remaining hostages – including Mr Henning – will be nearby.
In a rapid escalation of the UK’s military involvement last night, unmanned drones were set to be sent to target militants in Islamic State target militant strongholds. Meanwhile, in other developments yesterday:
  • A dozen RAF Tornado GR4s were placed on 12-hour notice to move to Cyprus in preparation for possible air strikes.
  • UK Special Forces were deployed on the ground in Iraq pinpointing Islamic State commanders and targets.
  • Military chiefs demanded the ‘destruction’ of Jihadi John.
  • The Prime Minister vowed to ‘hunt down’ the killers, saying they ‘are not Muslims, they are monsters’.
  • Barack Obama said the US stood ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with the UK.
Mr Henning is believed to be held in the network of tunnels underneath the IS stronghold of Raqqa, northern Syria, by Jihadi John.
Furious military chiefs have demanded the ‘destruction’ of his fanatical captor, now thought to be responsible for the death of British aid worker Mr Haines as well as two American hostages.
Mr Henning is believed to be held in the network of tunnels underneath the IS stronghold of Raqqa, Syria
Mr Henning is believed to be held in the network of tunnels underneath the IS stronghold of Raqqa, Syria
Mr Henning (right) was filmed earlier this year helping pack supplies for an aid convoy near his home
Mr Henning (right) was filmed earlier this year helping pack supplies for an aid convoy near his home
In a significant escalation of the UK’s military involvement, unmanned drones armed with missiles designed to destroy individual targets were sent to Iraq last night in the hours after the video emerged.
A grim-faced Mr Cameron vowed to ‘hunt down’ the killers of Mr Haines, 44, whom he called a ‘British hero.’ And he revealed for the first time that IS has specifically planned attacks in Britain and across Europe – and is planning more.
Kneeling in the sand and wearing an orange jumpsuit, Mr Henning was shown at the end of the video of Mr Haines’s death with Jihadi John pointing a knife at his head.
The Prime Minister vowed to ¿hunt down¿ the killers, saying they ¿are not Muslims, they are monsters¿
The Prime Minister vowed to ‘hunt down’ the killers, saying they ‘are not Muslims, they are monsters’
The grotesque images sparked immediate demands from MPs and former military commanders for the UK to quickly join international air strikes in Iraq and Syria and not to rule out sending in ground troops.
The pressure for involvement increased further after Australian leader Tony Abbott yesterday approved the deployment of eight F A 18 Super Hornet jets, surveillance aircraft, refuelling tankers and transport planes together with 600 troops to the region. Former Defence Secretary Liam Fox said Britain should use lethal force against extremists and be prepared to launch air strikes ‘sooner rather than later’ in both Iraq and Syria.
Colonel Richard Kemp, former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, said it was ‘time for retribution’ and to ‘kill their barbaric fighters.’ Lord Dannatt, the former head of the Army, urged Mr Cameron to join international strikes against Islamic State ‘in the strongest possible way’.
Speaking after a meeting of the UK emergency committee Cobra, Mr Cameron remained cautious as he said of IS ‘they are not Muslims, they are monsters’. He added: ‘We will do everything in our power to hunt down these murderers and ensure they face justice, however long it takes.’
On the video released on Saturday night, Jihadi John launched a personal tirade against the Prime Minister. Holding a knife in his left hand and with his right on the shoulder of Mr Haines, he declared: ‘This British man has to pay the price for your promise, Cameron, to arm the Peshmerga (Kurdish fighters) against Islamic State.’
Jihadi John's new horror in desert: British hostage beheaded by terrorists in another sickening video
By IAN DRURY, DEFENCE CORRESPONDENT 
The chilling video of the beheading of David Haines was almost identical to the films showing the murders of US hostages James Foley and Steven Sotloff. 
All three victims wore Guantanamo Bay-style orange boiler suits, were forced to kneel with their hands cuffed behind their backs and were decapitated in the desert by the knife-wielding, left-handed masked killer.
The horrific but slickly-produced film of 44-year-old Mr Haines’s terrifying last moments at the hands of the hooded Islamic State fanatic – dubbed Jihadi John – was uploaded to the internet late on Saturday.
Horrific: The chilling video of the beheading of David Haines was almost identical to the films showing the murders of US hostages James Foley and Steven Sotloff. All three wore bright orange boiler suits
Horrific: The chilling video of the beheading of David Haines was almost identical to the films showing the murders of US hostages James Foley and Steven Sotloff. All three wore bright orange boiler suits
THE VIDEO BEGINS
Lasting two minutes and 27 seconds, the video begins with a burst of static – imitating a movie scene where an important announcement is made on television.
There follows a clip of David Cameron speaking in an interview in Downing Street on August 20 – the day after Mr Foley was murdered.
The Prime Minister announces British weapons and ammunition will be delivered to the Kurdish Peshmerga to fight Islamic State.

CHILLING WORDS FROM THE VICTIM AND HIS KILLER 

Clad in orange overalls, David Haines says: ‘My name is David Cawthorne Haines. I would like to declare that I hold you, David Cameron, entirely responsible for my execution.
‘You entered voluntarily into a coalition with the United States against the Islamic State, just as your predecessor Tony Blair did, following a trend amongst our British prime ministers who can’t find the courage to say no to the Americans. Unfortunately it is we, the British public, that in the end will pay the price for our Parliament’s selfish decisions.’
Pointing with a knife, Jihadi John says: ‘This British man has to pay the price for your promise, Cameron, to arm the [Kurdish] Peshmerga against the Islamic State.
‘Ironically, he has spent a decade of his life serving under the same Royal Air Force that is responsible for delivering those arms. Your evil alliance with America ... will only accelerate your destruction, and playing the role of the obedient lapdog, Cameron, will only drag you and your people into another bloody and unwinnable war.’
The man then takes his knife to Mr Haines’s throat, before the aid worker’s dead body is shown.
The video ends with the warning: ‘If you, Cameron, persist in fighting the Islamic State then you, like your master Obama, will have the blood of your people on your hands.’
He insists the West will stop the ‘brutal extremist militants’ savaging Iraq and Syria.
Both the Sotloff and Foley videos began with footage of Obama vowing to crush IS.
LOCATION
All three executions were filmed in an arid, deserted, hilly area with a blustery wind blowing.
However, Mr Haines’s video has a bleak background, with far fewer geographical features – just a ridge behind the captive and killer – to identify where it was shot.
It suggests that IS has learnt from the beheading video of Mr Foley, 40, which revealed a green plain in the distance below the hills and a dusty track.
This information was enough to allow computer experts to pinpoint the exact location of the murder in the uplands south of IS’s stronghold of Raqqa in north-western Syria.
TIMING
So far, the videos have been released approximately two weeks apart – Mr Foley’s on August 19 and 31-year-old Mr Sotloff’s on September 2. It is not clear precisely when Mr Haines’s film was recorded.
His hair looked as if it had grown since he appeared at the end of the Sotloff beheading film, when the killer indicated the former RAF airman would be next unless the UK stopped supporting military action against IS.
In the voiceover, the killer also refers to the US campaign of air strikes in Iraq, specifically the bombing of the Haditha dam in Anbar province.
The US carried out at least nine air strikes in the first weekend of September. This indicates the three beheading videos were made at different times. It also contradicts some Western intelligence officials who claimed the men may have been murdered on the same day and the propaganda videos spaced out to generate more publicity.
THE MESSAGES
Like Mr Sotloff and Mr Foley before him, Mr Haines is shown kneeling upright with hands cuffed behind his back and dressed in an outfit designed to mirror those worn by detainees at Guantanamo Bay.
Standing to his left and slightly behind the hostage, the extremist is dressed in black hood and robes, a leather holster over both shoulders – rather than just one shoulder as in previous videos – with a pistol hanging under his left armpit.
Slickly-produced: The brutal video carries the caption A Message to the Allies of America
Slickly-produced: The brutal video carries the caption A Message to the Allies of America
Composed but clearly under duress, the kidnapped aid worker looks into the camera and says: ‘I hold you, David Cameron, entirely responsible for my execution.’ Again, this structure is identical to the last moments of the US journalists.
THE KILLING
The footage cuts to the supposed murder shot. Mr Haines blinks quickly as if anticipating his fate. Brandishing the knife, the killer approaches his victim from behind and touches him on the right shoulder.
The captive blinks, gulps, and imperceptibly shakes his head, as the jihadist snakes his right arm around and snatches Mr Haines by the chin. The hostage closes his eyes and appears to brace himself, as the killer saws at his neck with his left hand.
THE AFTERMATH
Next comes the grisly climax. The film returns to show the sickening sight of Mr Haines’s corpse lying in the dust on its front, hands manacled.
His severed head is resting on his back. Again, this follows exactly the same pattern as the Foley and Sotloff murder videos.
The monster hiding behind a black mask
By IAN DRURY, HOME AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT 
British killer: Security experts believe the man ranting on the video has a distinct English accent
British killer: Security experts believe the man ranting on the video has a distinct English accent
Mystery continues to surround the exact identity of the British jihadist believed to be responsible for beheading three innocent hostages, including British aid worker David Haines.
Security experts believe the black-robed killer ranting on the video has a distinct English accent, rather than another British person dubbing over the footage.
The jihadist wears a black mask, concealing all but his eyes, making it difficult to be sure the voice belonged to him. But audio experts have claimed they are ‘99 per cent’ certain the words were spoken by the man seen on camera.
Intelligence sources are understood to have identified the fanatic whose voice is heard on videos of the murders of Mr Haines, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and are trying to track him down in Syria with state-of-the-art military technology.
Jihadi John is thought to be one of 500 British Muslims fighting with IS to impose a caliphate in Syria and Iraq.
Because of the devastating impact of air strikes on IS positions in northern Iraq, jihadist leaders are increasingly suspicious of Western fighters, amid fears they could be spies pinpointing enemy locations. But Jihadi John’s role in the latest murder suggests he remains a crucial member of the terror network and its propaganda war.
Hostages freed earlier this year said the killer was one of three UK-born militants who held captives in Raqqa, Syria – who they nicknamed John, Paul and Ringo after members of The Beatles.
Jihadi John is said to be the most intelligent of the trio. He has taken responsibility for communicating with the outside world via negotiations with the prisoners’ families and beheading videos.
He also seems to have been in charge of security, reportedly ordering captives to be moved at least ten times to foil attempts to rescue them.
Paul and Ringo are thought to have been more junior, but together with Jihadi John they carried out the most sadistic beatings.
There were also French-speaking extremists among the guards, including at least one Belgian. But the British jihadists were the most feared because of their gruesome ‘taste for the macabre’, according to a freed French hostage.
The violence included beatings, use of Taser guns, and waterboarding – a form of torture where water is poured over a cloth blocking the nose and mouth.
They forced some of the Western prisoners to take part in mock killings – US journalist Mr Foley was forced to stand in a crucifix pose. The captives were also mostly kept underground in the dark, often shackled to one another.
The first beheading video sent shockwaves across Britain as the killer spoke with a distinctive London twang and English appears to be his first language.
Technology can eavesdrop on the jihadis' conversations in places such as their Raqqa stronghold (pictured)
Technology can eavesdrop on the jihadis' conversations in places such as their Raqqa stronghold (pictured)
Linguistic experts believe the way he pronounced certain words, such as Iraqi place names, suggest he has a foreign language background – indicating his parents or grandparents may have come from the Middle East. He appears to have a skin tone consistent with African, Middle Eastern or South Asian descent.
Academics claim Jihadi John has a multicultural East London accent, a kind of ‘new cockney’. The voice patterns will have been studied in painstaking detail by security chiefs desperate to glean his identity and match it with snippets of conversation picked up in Syria.
Aircraft fitted with sophisticated equipment, which can ‘eavesdrop’ on conversations taking place tens of thousands of feet below, are listening to see if they can pick up a voice match – potentially leading them to the location of the terrorist.
Experts believe the killer is behind the final e-mail sent to the family of James Foley (pictured)
Experts believe the killer is behind the final e-mail sent to the family of James Foley (pictured)
However, his voice in the latest beheading video appears to be distorted, suggesting IS are trying to disguise it.
Experts believe the killer is aged under 30. He is tall and slender, and appears to be left-handed.
In the third beheading video his feet are not visible – different from footage of him murdering the two Americans when he wears modern desert boots.
Ex-captives have described Jihadi John as intelligent, educated and a devout believer in radical Islamic teachings.
He is thought to be behind a final email sent to James Foley’s family, dated August 12 – seven days before the journalist was beheaded.
In a hate-filled message, the jihadis vowed to kill Mr Foley saying: ‘You [America] and your citizens will pay the price of your bombings! The first of which being the blood of the American citizen James Foley! He will be executed as a direct result of your transgressions towards us!’
Experts said the language, use of capital letters, poor grammar and spelling mistakes supported the belief that the email was written by a working-class militant from Britain.
The fanatic has raged against Western foreign policy – in particular US air strikes on IS targets – in rants directed at Barack Obama and David Cameron in his beheading videos.
He has referred to recent US attacks, such as the targeting of the Mosul Dam and Haditha Dam in Iraq, to make it clear that the films were shot shortly before their release.
Jihadi John also appears to be motivated by a desire to fill IS’s coffers with ransom money, demanding £80million from Mr Foley’s family. European governments are believed to have paid millions of euros to free at least nine hostages held with Mr Haines and the Americans.
The militant is said to have called for the release of female Pakistani scientist Aafia Siddiqui, currently held in a US prison, as part of a deal to free Mr Foley.

SO, WHAT ARE THE MILITARY OPTIONS? 

David Cameron has insisted Britain will use ‘military prowess’ to defeat the brutal Islamic State extremists. But how exactly could the UK deploy its armed forces?
AIR STRIKES
If air strikes in Iraq and Syria are sanctioned then the RAF Typhoons used in Libya three years ago are likely to be used again.
SPECIAL FORCES
Dozens of SAS and SBS men are on the ground in Iraq, Kurdistan and Jordan. They could be involved in a complex joint rescue operation with US and Australian forces.
DRONES
The safest way of eliminating IS leaders is by drone. President Obama will reportedly approve a strike on Jihadi John if drone operators find him. Britain’s Reapers can hit a postage stamp from 50,000 feet.
BOOTS ON THE GROUND
The most unlikely – and unpopular – option with a massive risk of sustaining casualties or having soldiers taken hostage. The most likely scenario would see troops deployed as trainers in Kurdish-controlled areas in northern Iraq or in Baghdad. 



































British jihadist medical student, 21, is pictured holding severed head while wearing her white doctor's jacket 

  • Woman calling herself Mujahidah Bint Usama posted image on Twitter
  • Also wrote 'dream job, a terrorist doc' with smiley face and love hearts
  • Woman has also posted images of 9/11 attacks and mutilated soldiers 
  • Has been linked to all-female al-Khanssaa brigade based in Raqqa, Syria
A woman believed to be a British medical student who left the UK in order to join ISIS has posted an image on social media of herself holding a severed head.
The woman, who goes by the Twitter name of Mujahidah Bint Usama, claims to be a doctor for the terror group based in Raqqa, Syria.
In the image, which was used as her profile picture but has since been removed, she can be seen wearing a full burka and white lab coat while holding the head of a man.
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A British medical student calling herself Mujahidah Bint Usama, 21, posted this image online of her holding a severed head while two children look on (censored by MailOnline)
To the left of the image, two children can be seen standing beside her.
Her name reflects her jihadi convictions, with Mujahidah appearing to be the female version of mujahadid - meaning soldier of God.
Bint translates as 'child of', while Usama likely references Osama Bin Laden.
The gruesome image appears alongside the message 'Dream job, a terrorist doc,' followed by images of smiley faces and love hearts. 
According to The Sunday Telegraph, she is a 21-year-old British medical student.
Bint Usama, who has more than 800 followers on the social media site, has previously tweeted images of dead soldiers and the 9/11 terror attacks, alongside information on how to treat an injured knee and insomnia.
GCHQ and MI5 are known to be monitoring the accounts of around 60 female British jihadis who are believed to be in Raqqa in order to put together a picture of their activities.
The Government has previously stated that those who take part in atrocities such as beheadings and massacres will be prosecuted for war crimes and terror offences if they return to the UK.
In other online messages Bint Usama praised Anwar al-Awlaki, an extremist Yemeni preacher who became an Al-Quaeda spokesman and is believed to have inspired hundreds of Western jihadis.
She also praises women to push their husbands into fighting for Islam, and shared images of the execution of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, who was beheaded by ISIS earlier this month.
Sixty female British jihadis are now thought to be with ISIS, including Aqsa Mahmood, 20 is believed to be leading the al-Khanssaa brigade in Raqqa,
Sixty female British jihadis are now thought to be with ISIS, including Zahra Halane, 16, who fled the UK with her twin sister
Sixty female British jihadis are now thought to be with ISIS, including Aqsa Mahmood, 20 (left), who is believed to be leading the al-Khanssaa brigade in Raqqa, and Zahra Halane, 16, who fled the UK with her twin sister
Bint Usama has been linked through her Twitter account to the al-Khanssaa brigade, an all-female group of jihadists who are charged with punishing 'un-Islamic' behaviour by women in Raqqa.
The name likely derives from Al-Khansa, a famous 7th-century female poet and contemporary of the Prophet Muhammad who converted to Islam and wrote elegies for his brothers, father and children after they were killed in battle. 
This week members of the brigade, which is thought to be led by British extremists, were reported to be acting as madams running brothels filled with captured Yazidi women, according to the Mirror. 
As many as 3,000 women and girls have been taken captive from the Yazidi tribe in Iraq as Isis militants continue their reign of terror across the region.
The think tank MEMRI (the Middle East Media Research Institution) released a report saying that IS had taken many Yazidi women to be sold and used as sex slaves.
The al-Khanssaa brigade is a female-only militia set up by the Islamic State in Raqqa, Syria, with a key figure believed to be Aqsa Mahmood, 20, of Glasgow, who fled to the country last year. 
Academics at King's College London have identified three other British females as members of the group - and say there are about 60 UK women who have gone to Syria on jihad.
Most of these women - including privately-educated Mahmood - are aged between 18 and 24, with al-Khanssaa said to be seeking out people engaging in Western culture in Raqqa.
It is believed that US hostages James Foley and Steven Sotloff were both beheaded in the desert near Raqqa - and therefore the British women in al-Khanssaa could know who killed them.
All of the women are thought to be based in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, Syria (pictured), where the female al-Khanssaa brigade has been established to punish un-Islamic behaviour among women
All of the women are thought to be based in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, Syria (pictured), where the female al-Khanssaa brigade has been established to punish un-Islamic behaviour among women

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High Street gangs pose far more of a threat than these depraved jihadis

No wonder the Prime Minister looked ashen when he rushed back to Downing Street late on Saturday night. He had just learned of the video footage showing the beheading of the British aid worker David Haines.
But David Cameron would not just have been feeling the natural empathy of a family man with the personal tragedy now engulfing Mr Haines’s two daughters and wife.
He would also have heard the aid worker, seconds before his unspeakable fate, declare: ‘I now hold you, David Cameron, entirely responsible for my execution. You entered voluntarily into a coalition with the United States against the Islamic State.’
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The British Government takes the position of never paying ransom for hostages such as David Haines
The British Government takes the position of never paying ransom for hostages such as David Haines
This would have been dictated to the wretched Mr Haines by his captors — the only people who were ‘entirely responsible’ for the butchery that followed. 
It is true, however, that because the British Government takes the position of never paying ransom for hostages such as Mr Haines, they and their families have no realistic hope of being reunited this side of the grave. 
The French and the Italians do pay (but pretend not to). Unprincipled, perhaps. But the fact this might lead to more kidnaps is of little concern to the families of those released—and the press coverage when hostages return home is effusive.
In this context, I suspect the political urge to do a deal to spring this hostage from his death-trap must have been greater than any that has previously tempted a British Prime Minister. For David Haines was raised and educated in Scotland, which is where his grieving parents still live.
Forgive my poor taste in injecting a note of referendum politics into what is a dreadful personal tragedy: but as proof of solidarity between the English and the Scots, how powerful a demonstration would it have been for the British Government to have flown David Haines back to Scotland only days before its people decide whether or not to vote for secession.
Instead, we are left with nothing but a sense of helplessness – and justifiable fury at the depraved killers of a good man whose only purpose in being in Syria was to help the victims of that country’s civil war.
Yes, civil war: and the first rule for British policy should be to stay out of other people’s blood feuds save when we have vital interests to be advanced by one side winning rather than another. Unless that is true in this case, the filmed murder of David Haines, however stomach-churning, should not advance by one inch of desert sand the case for greater UK involvement in the conflict.
Islamic State are the most bloodthirsty opponents of Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad
Islamic State are the most bloodthirsty opponents of Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad
Bizarrely, many of those who have been recently calling for us to commit our military to the side of President Bashar al Assad of Syria against Islamic State are exactly the same people who, a year ago, had pressed for our military to support the Syrian dictator’s opponents — of whom Islamic State are the most bloodthirsty.
At the time of that vote in the Commons (which fortunately the Government lost), we were told by Foreign Office ministers that we would be supporting only the ‘moderate opposition’ to Assad.
Yet that so-called ‘moderate’ opposition’s affiliates included the Syrian Martyrs Brigades, the Suqour al-Sham Brigades, the Islam Brigade and the Farouq Battalion — whose leader Abu Sakkar had been filmed devouring the torn-out heart of a captured government soldier.
I fail to see a sharp moral distinction between the cannibalistic Mr Sakkar and the person known as ‘Jihadi John’ (the black-robed assassin thought to be wielding the knife above Mr Haines). The difference is only that ‘Jihadi John’ comes from this country — as do a few hundred others who joined the brigades fighting Assad’s army.
A number of British politicians have declared that they are all ‘traitors’ to this country and should be made stateless; unable to return. 
That’s quite ironic given that many of those British passport-holders were galvanised into action by Assad’s use of nerve gas against his own people: exactly the same atrocity which prompted the British government into proposing that the Royal Air Force go into battle against Assad’s forces.
We are also told that the British fighters in Syria will engage in dreadful acts of terrorism when (or if) they return to this country — because they will have been ‘radicalised’ by their experiences. I would have thought that any ‘radicalisation’ — if that is what it was — happened before they decided to risk their lives in Syria or Iraq.
A friend with vast professional experience of domestic Islamic extremism insisted to me that the prospect of returning British fighters carrying out acts of terrorism when back in the UK had been greatly overplayed by ministers.
He pointed out that in recent decades, there had been a similar procession of British Muslims travelling to fight for their co-religionists in Chechnya, Bosnia and Afghanistan, and that none, to his knowledge, had committed acts of terror after their return: ‘They had basically had enough of bloodshed. They just wanted the quiet life.’
We already know that many of those who went to Syria and Iraq have contacted the British authorities, via intermediaries, begging to come back. Having gone to fight against Assad, they had found themselves caught up in vicious internecine battles between various competing rebel groups.
A considerable proportion of the British fighters in Syria are motivated not so much by pure Islamist fervour but by a sort of blood-lust and a desire to be in the biggest, meanest gang.
Some will probably have been gang-members here, in fact: such as the self-styled Britani Brigade Bangladeshi Bad Boys, whose images were captured on CCTV flying out to Syria, like so many package holiday tourists, on a Thomas Cook flight via the Turkish resort of Dalaman.
What happened to David Haines is abominable, but his death is no more or less tragic than that of Sabrina Moss, the 24-year-old nursery teacher murdered in the cross-fire between two London gangs, the Kensal Green Boys and the South Kilburn Gang, and whose killers last week received minimum sentences of 37 years.
Over the past three years, such gangs have committed 6,600 violent offences and 24 murders in London alone. That armed civil war is the one that really threatens the safety of British citizens on our High Streets — and which we have an absolute duty to sort out. The Islamic civil war between Sunni and Shia is beyond both our competence and our responsibility.

Laughable spin on a man possessed

Mohamed Fayed saw the Royal Warrant withdrawn from Harrods, which he owned at the time, in 2000
Mohamed Fayed saw the Royal Warrant withdrawn from Harrods, which he owned at the time, in 2000
I had thought my colleague Quentin Letts’s BBC radio programme about Royal Warrants was unusually serious — until Michael Cole came to the microphone. 
Cole is the long-standing spokesman for Mohamed Fayed, the former owner of Harrods: its Royal Warrant from the Duke of Edinburgh had been withdrawn by Buckingham Palace in 2000.
That was good news, claimed Cole: ‘When Mohamed bought Harrods in 1985, he looked at the Royal Coats of Arms on the building and said he didn’t want them there because they would bring bad luck.’
And as for the suggestion that Fayed desired the connection, that was nonsense, said Cole: ‘Not everyone tugs their forelock... or is in love with the Royal Family.’
At this point, I got the giggles. There was nothing to stop Fayed taking down the Duke’s Royal Warrant back in 1985 — no one is compelled to have the things on their buildings. 
As for Fayed’s alleged lack of interest in matters royal: the man was obsessed.
He spent a fortune restoring the Duke of Windsor’s home in Paris, and for 15 years sponsored the Royal Windsor Horse Show, which meant he could sit next to the Queen.
I don’t know how much Cole has been paid to represent Fayed, but he’s worth it on entertainment grounds alone.
At last week’s inquest into the death of an 81-year-old dementia sufferer, Gloria Foster, a social worker made an abject confession of her error in assuming the woman was able to take care of herself. 
Without food for more than a week, the old lady was in a dreadful state when she was finally taken to hospital, where she died 11 days later. 
Elizabeth Egan told the court: ‘I tried to ring the lady. I didn’t get any reply. The bottom line is that I failed. I made a mistake.’
How refreshing and unusual it is to hear someone from the social services, in plain language and without obfuscation, take full responsibility after something has gone terribly wrong. And what a welcome contrast to the blame-shifting bromides we usually hear in such circumstances.

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Australia raises threat level to 'high' on Iraq, Syria 

 

 

 

 

 

 http://mybaru1.blogspot.com/2014/09/australia-raises-threat-level-to-high.html

 

 

                   

 

 

 

Five ex-ISA detainees in Syria 

 

 

 

 

 

 http://mybaru1.blogspot.com/2014/09/five-ex-isa-detainees-in-syria.html

 

 

  

 

 

 

ISIS video shows beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff

 

 

 

 

 

 http://mybaru1.blogspot.com/2014/09/isis-video-shows-beheading-of-american.html