British Muslims urge cooperation in Foley murder hunt


James Foley being beheaded
British Muslim leaders urged people to contact police if they knew the identity of the man with an English accent who appeared in a video showing the beheading of an American journalist.

The Muslim Council of Britain, the largest Muslim umbrella group in the country, condemned the “abhorrent murder” of James Foley in Syria and called for united action by Muslims to stop the “poison of extremism” infiltrating their communities.

Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday it looked increasingly likely that the man in the Islamic State video was British, one of hundreds who have travelled to Syria to fight.

“We condemn unreservedly (the Islamic States’) psychopathic violence, whether it is on minorities, on civilians, or on fellow Muslims,” the council said in a statement.

“We are horrified at the abhorrent murder of James Foley, a reporter who initially went to the region to expose the human rights abuses of the Syrian regime.”

Iqbal Sacranie, an adviser to the council, told London’s Evening Standard newspaper that anyone who recognised the man had a duty to contact police.

A European security official said that judging from his accent – which sounded like it came from London or near London – the man had obviously lived in Britain for a long time. Authorities were comparing his voice to those on record to try to establish his identity, the official said.

The Guardian newspaper said a former hostage had identified the man in the video as the leader of three Britons who had guarded foreign nationals in the city of Raqqa – its stronghold in eastern Syria.

The BBC also reported the presence of three British jihadists who were tasked by the Islamic State to guard foreign prisoners.

“It seems that these three have apparently got nicknames named after the Beatles: John, Paul and Ringo and there are reports that they have been pretty brutal towards their hostages,” the BBC said.


Britain, which has about 2.7 million Muslims in its 63 million population, had previously warned about the increasing numbers of its nationals who had travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight.

Four young British Islamists – two of whom had been to al Qaeda training camps inPakistan – killed 52 people in suicide bomb attacks on London in July 2005, and Britons have appeared in graphic Islamist videos before.

Richard Barrett, a former British security official and former coordinator of the United Nations al-Qaeda Taliban Monitoring Team, said he expected the authorities to identify the man pretty quickly, and that arresting him would be the long-term objective.

“The most important thing is to demonstrate that there’s a legal system, that you cannot do these things even in the middle of the desert, just because you are in something called Islamic State or the caliphate,” he said.

British police have urged Muslim women to dissuade young people in their communities from turning towards the Islamic State, in one of many tactics used by European governments worried about the future security risk posed by youths radicalised by war.

Ghaffar Hussain, managing director of counter-extremism think-tank Quilliam, said it was now almost inevitable that people who had fought in Syria would come back to try to launch attacks in Europe.

“It is disturbing that people born and raised in Britain and who have gone to the same schools as us could have been essentially indoctrinated to the extent where they can justify raping women and chopping heads off,” he said.

The success of the Islamic State is also likely to draw more people into the group, which has proclaimed a caliphate in the parts of Iraq and Syria it controls.

“We know … that the threat which is being taken most seriously is the risk of the return of those who have been radicalised, to the point of being jihadists,” Menzies Campbell, a senior Liberal Democrat lawmaker and member of parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee, told Reuters.

“If anyone’s in doubt as to the brutality of those who have been radicalised in that way, then this incident should certainly remove that doubt.”

More British Muslims fight for IS than Britain
Britain’s Ministry of Defense confirmed to USA TODAY that there are approximately 600 British Muslim servicemembers in its armed forces of almost 200,000 people. Official government estimates put the number of British Islamic State fighters operating in Syria and Iraq at 500 to 800. The Foreign Office cautioned Thursday that it is difficult to provide precise numbers.

Khalid Mahmood, a member of Parliament from an area with a high proportion of Muslim residents, said government estimates of the number of British IS fighters currently in the Mideast is far too conservative. He told Newsweek magazine this week that at least 1,500 extremists are likely to have been recruited to fight in Iraq and Syria over the last three years.

“There are an unacceptable number of Britons fighting for jihadist forces,” he said.

Reuters/USA Today



7 responses to “British Muslims urge cooperation in Foley murder hunt”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Just wait until ISIS goes into Liberia … to join up with Boko Haram specialists. 😉

    “Assistant Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah said protesters had been unhappy that patients were being brought in from other parts of the capital.
    Other reports suggested the protesters had believed Ebola was a hoax and wanted to force the quarantine centre to close.
    The attack at the Monrovia centre is seen as a major setback in the struggle to halt the outbreak, says the BBC’s Will Ross, reporting from Lagos.
    Health experts say that the key to ending the Ebola outbreak is to stop it spreading in Liberia, where ignorance about the virus is high and many people are reluctant to cooperate with medical staff.”

    ‘Allo? Akhbar ?? We’ve got a problem.’

  2. $89733098 Avatar

    yalibnan u r truly disgusting. how many articles r u going to post that pic on? Have some fucking respect you retards!

    1. But Barabie wouldn’t respect also cover softer choice of words in our posts? the photo is very disturbing indeed but the personality of this monster deserves being exposed for what it is, this applies to all those who are responsible for the last 3 years of killings taking place in syria,israel and Iraq. I would appreciate a warning of graphic or disturbing nature with stories like this so that we know when to walk away and not consume things some of us can’t consume or stomach.

      Yalibnan is a news outlet that at least did not serve the whole content as I suppose they could have but I do feel strongly about their lack of enforcing respectful exchanges among guests.

      You can take this as a friendly nudge of advice or get upset with me, its your choice 🙂

      1. $89733098 Avatar

        geo if u were a person who was saying that to ‘OTHERS” like u r to me u would have been taken more seriously but when u bark only to me then u r taken as nothing but a hypocrite! In fact i had decided prior to this comment not to continue commenting on this site coz of the fact that yalibnan keeps posting that pic just to stir up controversy but u managed to have me post one last comment. Here’s my advice to u, look within yourself at your hypocrisy and look in the mirror and say u r a hypocrite then maybe u will wake up to yourself. good bye!

        1. Good By and I sincerely wish you well Barabie, but even though it is not important I will say this to hopefully help you with some things that may escape you, read between the lines if you could,”speaking to you privately” rewind back a few months when you started calling me biased and a hypocrite and gave me an ultimatum, on that very day before I reached out to you I happened to be very very very harsh on other parties that you think I play favourites with, but what you dont realize is that I do have private access to those parties in a private venue where in fact I was harder on them than I was ever hard on you, of course you dont believe what I say and that is fine.

          you will recall long ago when your feelings were hurt over a comment I made , I did respond by straining my arm as I reached to the bottom of my heart and I publicly apologized profusely! you did not acknowledge me or give me any credit for doing so no matter how sincere I was, Barabie if you seek You will find. non of us are perfect and I really wish you could put more faith in the common good we all are capable of having instead of all the faults and shortcomings we suffer from.

          Again best to you and God bless you with peace and the answers that will help you in all aspects of your life.

      2. man-o-war Avatar

        I don’t really see any need for a warning on this picture. Its not graphic. The aftermath is, but they’re not posting that screen shot.

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