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Cameron pledges to use all means to hunt down militants as “Jihadi John”

Saturday, February 28th 2015 - 07:38 UTC
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It has been confirmed that the black-clad militant brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent shown in videos is British militant Emwazi It has been confirmed that the black-clad militant brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent shown in videos is British militant Emwazi
Born in Kuwait, Emwazi came to Britain aged 6 and graduated with a computer programming degree from the University of Westminster Born in Kuwait, Emwazi came to Britain aged 6 and graduated with a computer programming degree from the University of Westminster
The Sun and The Daily Mail published a picture showing a schoolboy Emwazi smiling and sitting cross-legged at the front a primary school in West London The Sun and The Daily Mail published a picture showing a schoolboy Emwazi smiling and sitting cross-legged at the front a primary school in West London

British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to use all means at his disposal to hunt down militants such as “Jihadi John” after the killer was identified as a Kuwaiti-born computer programming graduate from London.

 The black-clad militant brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent was shown in videos released by Islamic State (IS) apparently decapitating hostages including Americans, Britons and Syrians.

“When there are people anywhere in the world who commit appalling and heinous crimes against British citizens, we will do everything we can with the police, with the security services, with all that we have at our disposal to find these people and put them out of action,” Cameron said.

Cameron refused to comment on the identification of “Jihadi John” as 26-year-old British militant Mohammed Emwazi, but said that people should get behind the security services, which he praised as impressive and dedicated to defending Britain.

Emwazi was known to the security services, which had tried to recruit him, according to prisoners' group Cage. The case has sparked debate about whether the security services let him slip through their grasp to join IS in Syria.

Dressed entirely in black, a balaclava covering all but his eyes and the bridge of his nose and a holster under his left arm, Jihadi John became a menacing symbol of Islamic State brutality and one of the world's most wanted men.

He used videos to threaten the West, admonish its Arab allies and taunt President Barack Obama and Cameron before petrified hostages cowering in orange jump suits.

Emwazi's name was first disclosed by the Washington Post. Two U.S. government sources who spoke on condition of anonymity said investigators believed Jihadi John was Emwazi.

The Sun and The Daily Mail newspapers published a picture showing a schoolboy Emwazi smiling and sitting cross-legged on the grass at the front of the photograph from the St Mary Magdalene Church of England primary school in Maida Vale, West London.

A picture of him as a student was later broadcast by Sky News, showing a young man with a moustache and goatee beard, wearing a cap with a logo resembling the P from the Pittsburgh Pirates US Major League Baseball team.

Born in Kuwait, Emwazi came to Britain aged 6 and graduated with a computer programming degree from the University of Westminster before coming to the attention of Britain's main domestic intelligence service, MI5, according to an account given by Asim Qureshi, research director of Cage, a group that campaigns for those detained on terrorism charges.

Emwazi, a fluent Arabic speaker, said MI5 had tried to recruit him and then prevented him from travelling abroad, forcing him to leave the country without telling his family, Qureshi told a news conference in London.

In a meeting with reporters, Qureshi cast Emwazi as a kind and thoughtful young man who faced harassment from MI5, which apparently suspected he wanted to join the Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab.

That account prompted criticism of MI5. But there was little patience with the narrative of Emwazi's life presented by Qureshi, who called him a “beautiful man”.

Cameron's spokeswoman said it was “completely reprehensible” to seek to shift the blame from a killer to those seeking to keep British citizens safe.

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  • Think

    Soooo, that is where this young lad learned his brutality...
    In brutish London...:

    ”William Wallace was strapped to a wooden hurdle and dragged though the streets to the Elms at Smithfield. There he was hanged from a gallows but cut down while he still lived.
    He was then disembowelled before his head was hacked off and his body cut into pieces.
    The quarters of Wallace’s body were sent to Berwick, Newcastle upon Tyne, Stirling and Perth.
    His head was spiked above London Bridge...

    Feb 28th, 2015 - 08:36 am 0
  • Islander1

    God Think - you are an antequated pathetic old cretin. 500 -600 and more years ago most of the world used to do that to each other- ever heard of the Spanish inquisition?
    But since then the rest of the world - with the clear exceptions of Taliban,IS and Argentina have moved on and grown up in their mental and human capacity.
    What a sad mentally warped old arse you are.

    Feb 28th, 2015 - 09:27 am 0
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    (2) Islander1

    The world has “moved on”?
    Really?
    When?

    I suppose I could have used a some more recent example of Anglo brutality...
    As the weekly drone massacres on them Sand Niggas families...
    Women, children and elders.... blown into oblivion by some Anglo lads... playing video-games in their secure Wichita bunker...

    Feb 28th, 2015 - 09:42 am 0
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