Jihadi John Unmasked – The Man Behind ISIS Beheading videos is a University Graduate from London

February 26, 2015 4:25 pm

The Islamic State executioner known as ‘Jihadi John’ was today identified as a university graduate from .
Mohammed Emwazi, 27, of Queen’s Park, west London, who studied computer
programming at the University of Westminster, is believed to have
travelled to in 2012 and later joined .
Jihadi John has featured in the execution videos of U.S. journalists
James Foley and Steven Sotloff, aid worker David Haines, 22 Syrian
soldiers and Japanese reporter Kenji Goto

Arabic speaker Mr Emwazi, who first moved to Britain aged six, was said
to have been raised in a middle-class family and occasionally prayed at a
mosque in Greenwich, south-east London.But after graduating in computing in 2009, he claimed to have been
harassed and intimidated by the security services – and even complained
to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Mr Emwazi claimed an agent from MI5 knew ‘everything about me; where I
lived, what I did, and the people I hanged around with’ and alleged that
the agency attempted to ‘turn’ him to work for them

One of Kuwait-born Mr Emwazi’s close friends identified him, telling a newspaper:

‘I have no doubt that Mohammed is Jihadi John. He was like a brother to me… I am sure it is him.’

And Asim Qureshi, research director a British human rights group Cage,
who had been in contact with Mr Emwazi before he left for Syria, said he
also believed the man was Jihadi John.
He told the Washington Post:

‘There was an extremely strong resemblance. This is making me feel fairly certain that this is the same person.’

The world knows him as “Jihadi John,” the masked man with a British
accent who has beheaded several hostages held by the Islamic State and
who taunts audiences in videos circulated widely online.
But his
real name, according to friends and others familiar with his case, is
Mohammed Emwazi, a Briton from a well-to-do family who grew up in West
London and graduated from college with a degree in computer programming.
He is believed to have traveled to Syria around 2012 and to have later
joined the Islamic State, the group whose barbarity he has come to
symbolize.

“I have no doubt that Mohammed is Jihadi John,” said one of Emwazi’s
close friends who identified him in an interview with The Washington
Post. “He was like a brother to me. . . . I am sure it is him.”
A
representative of a British human rights group who had been in contact
with Emwazi before he left for Syria also said he believed Emwazi was
Jihadi John, a moniker given to him by some of the hostages he once
held.
“There was an extremely strong resemblance,” Asim Qureshi, research
director at the rights group, CAGE, said when shown one of the videos
and asked to confirm whether Emwazi could be “Jihadi John.”
“This is making me feel fairly certain that this is the same person,” Qureshi added.
Authorities
have used a variety of investigative techniques, including voice
analysis and interviews with former hostages, to try to identify Jihadi
John. James B. Comey, the director of the FBI, said in September — only a
month after the Briton was seen in a video killing American journalist
James Foley — that officials believed they had succeeded.

The Islamic State executioner known as ‘Jihadi John’ was today named
as a university graduate from London who was able to flee to Syria
despite being on an MI5 terror watch list.
Mohammed Emwazi, of
Queen’s Park, west London, was allegedly spoken to three times in one
year by police and security services in Tanzania, the Netherlands and
Britain.
The 26-year-old, who studied computer programming at the
University of Westminster, is said to have travelled to the
three years ago and later joined ISIS.
Jihadi John has featured
in the execution videos of British aid workers Alan Henning and David
Haines, U.S. journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, Japanese
reporter Kenji Goto and Syrian soldiers.
His identity was
confirmed this afternoon by two U.S. government sources. Whitehall
sources told MailOnline that Emwazi had been known to security services
for at least weeks, probably months, but not made public because the
priority was trying to find him.

Arabic speaker Emwazi has one brother and two sisters, and first moved to Britain aged six.
The son of a minicab driver, he was reported to have occasionally prayed at a mosque in Greenwich, south-east London.
But
after graduating from university, in May 2009 Emwazi flew to Tanzania
with friends apparently on a safari – but was arrested by police upon
landing in Dar es Salaam and sent back to Britain.
En route he
stopped in Amsterdam, where he claimed to have been accused by an MI5
officer of trying to reach Somalia, home of the militant group Al
Shabaab.
Emwazi claimed to have been harassed and intimidated by
security services – and even complained to the Independent Police
Complaints Commission.
He alleged an agent from MI5 knew
‘everything about me; where I lived, what I did, and the people I hanged
around with’ and claimed the organisation attempted to ‘turn’ him to
work for them.
A picture began to emerge today of Emwazi’s background, including the details that:
• He was the son of a mini-cab driver and moved to Britain aged six, having been born in Kuwait
• He has three brothers and sisters and they all lived in a council flat in west London
• MI5 apparently persistently tried to recruit him after he graduated from university
• He claims counter- police arrested him in 2010 and put him on a terror watch list
• This was to stop him leaving Britain but he still managed to flee the country for Syria in 2012
Asim
Qureshi, research director from lobby group Cage – who had been in
contact with Emwazi before he left for Syria – said he also believed the
man was Jihadi John.

CAGE research director, Asim Qureshi talks during a press conference. Photo / AP
CAGE research director, Asim Qureshi talks during a press conference. Photo / AP
Mr Qureshi said: ‘There was an extremely strong
resemblance. This is making me feel fairly certain that this is the same
person.’
Emwazi complained of harassment at the hands of MI5
agents for more than a year, similar to Michael Adebolajo, one of the
two killers of Fusilier Lee Rigby in south-east London in 2013.
Mr
Qureshi said: ‘Like Michael Adebolajo, suffocating domestic policies
aimed at turning a person into an informant but which prevent a person
from fulfilling their basic life needs would have left a lasting
impression on Emwazi.
‘He desperately wanted to use the system to change his situation, but the system ultimately rejected him.’
The
Washington Post reported Emwazi – who has also been known as Muhammad
ibn Muazzam – then moved to his native Kuwait and worked in IT, but he
was detained by counter-terrorism police in June 2010 upon a return trip
to London.
They allegedly fingerprinted him and searched his
belongings, and he was not allowed to fly back to Kuwait. Emwazi was put
on a terror watch list and banned from leaving the .
The FBI
said last September that authorities had been trying to identify Jihadi
John using various investigative techniques including voice analysis and
interviews with former hostages.
Scotland Yard would not confirm
the name, and Downing Street declined to comment on the report. Police
attended Emwazi’s home in Queen’s Park earlier today.
One neighbour, who did not wish to be named, described the family as ‘strange people – not like other people around here’.
Another
told the London Evening Standard: ‘They do not mix with us or
socialise, or talk to us. Ever since they moved in a while ago they do
not say anything to us.’
And a further local told the Daily
Telegraph: ‘It’s a big shock, for me at least I’m a neighbour in this
estate it’s a big shock for us.’
A spokesman for the
International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College
London said: ‘We believe that the identity and name published by the
Washington Post and now in the public realm to be accurate and correct.
‘Jihadi
John’ is not special, in the sense that all the foreign fighters have
tried to hide their identity by using pseudonyms or literally by masking
themselves.
‘The fact that ‘Jihadi John’ has been unveiled in
this manner demonstrates that whatever efforts are made, the ability to
mask one’s identity is limited or in fact impossible, and their true
identities will eventually be revealed.’
And a University of
Westminster spokesman said: ‘A Mohammed Emwazi left the University six
years ago. If these allegations are true, we are shocked and sickened by
the . Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.
‘We
have students from 150 countries and their safety is of paramount
concern. With other universities in London, we are working to implement
the Government’s Prevent strategy to tackle extremism.’
Shiraz
Maher, an expert from the International Centre for the Study of
Radicalisation at King’s College London, told MailOnline: ‘The fact he
seems to be known to security and involved in a radical community fits
the profile of what we’re looking for in terms of the person who would
be trusted by ISIS to be such a prominent figure.
‘I think the
fact he went out in 2012, which means he was a relatively early adopter,
makes him someone who would’ve been there for a while and who would be
trusted by the group.’
In September, it was revealed Jihadi John
was known to MI5 before he travelled to Syria to join ISIS. It emerged
security officials had identified him but his name and background were
being kept secret to avoid jeopardising any hostage rescue missions.
Police
and security agents said they also wanted to gather more information
before raiding the homes of the fanatic’s family and friends.
Abdel-Majed
Abdel Bary – a London rapper initially identified as a suspect – was
ruled out after analysis of his voice as well as his height and
mannerisms.
The 23-year-old came to prominence last year after he posted a photograph of himself on Twitter holding up a severed head.
Other
Britons from Portsmouth, Birmingham and Cardiff have been linked to
John, who is said to have overseen the torture of hostages and to have
led negotiations for French and Italian captives freed in return for
ransoms.
It is claimed he was making street collections for
genuine Arab charities based in London at the time he came to MI5’s
attention.
David Cameron has repeatedly called for the infamous terrorist to be punished for his crimes.
In
an interview with MailOnline last month, the Prime Minister revealed
how he personally watched videos of the brutal beheadings of British
hostages carried out by Jihadi John.
‘These videos are absolutely
horrific and depraved,’ the Prime Minister said. ‘And obviously I take
the time to see what they are doing so I understand what families have
been going through.’
Speaking in November, Mr Cameron said: ‘You
should be in no doubt that I want Jihadi John to face justice for the
appalling acts that have been carried out in Syria.’

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