This article is followed by a condemnation of the Islamic State by a Muslim group in the UK (not reproduced here), which like other Muslim condemnations of the Islamic State is non-specific, without any challenge to the interpretation of Islamic texts and teachings that the Islamic state uses to recruit people like al-Britani. That is in turn followed by a statement (also not reproduced here) by the execrable Nick Lowles of the Orwellian-named Hope Not Hate, the hate group that led the campaign to get Pamela Geller and me banned from entering the country. Lowles has never backtracked despite his inability when challenged directly on the BBC to quote even one “hateful” statement of mine. Lowles writes: “Support for violent jihad is in stark opposition to our belief in equality, fairness and tolerance. Unwillingness to confront this leaves a vacuum for Islamophobes and racists to spread poison about ordinary Muslims, who are coming out in their droves to condemn IS.”
This is Nick Lowles in a hard place, as the Islamic supremacism he has now aided and abetted is in full bloom in the Islamic State, and he can see vividly what he has been enabling. Others can as well; hence his furious denunciation of the Islamic State and call for it to be confronted — for otherwise “Islamophobes” will take advantage of the situation by spreading “poison about ordinary Muslims.” For some clarity in his befogged mind, Lowles should ask this “ordinary Muslim” friends where he can find a program in any mosque or Islamic school in the UK that teaches young Muslims and converts to Islam why they should reject on Islamic grounds the Islamic State’s understanding of Islam. And then when he find that there is no such program anywhere, Nick Lowles, or at least a more honest and intelligent man in his position, might actually be on the brink of having an idea.
A British jihadist feared to be one of The Beatles militants behind US journalist James Foley’s killing has claimed Allah makes beheading victims “easy”.
Abu Abduallah al-Britani, who fled the UK for Syria earlier this year, made the horrific claim while admitting he was ready to die fighting for the Islamic State.
He told of his terror training and revealed his fitness regime to keep fit for battle. Chillingly, he even bragged that “wrist exercises” made it easier to cut off enemies’ heads.
Until now his only contact with the outside world has been warped comments online, where he has posted pictures of life as an insurgent.
But now he has stepped out of the shadows to speak to one of our men acting on a tip-off that al-Britani, 23, was communicating through an obscure messaging app.
Speaking a day after the sickening video emerged of American James, 40, being beheaded, al-Britani said he had no fears about carrying out similar atrocities in Syria.
Repeatedly calling our man “akhi” – or brother – al-Britani started the disturbing conversation by laughing at James’ horrific death.
Our investigator then asked what he had to do to join the IS terrorists’ vile cause…
Investigator: Hi bro, u ok? Got your contact from a friend… want to come join up and help over there if poss?
Al-Britani: May Allah reward you for your intentions but right now ain’t the best time to come. I think it’s very risky ATM akhi. Just get your imaan and fitness up meanwhile.
Investigator: Thanks akhi. I respect your words and advice. Staying fully disciplined both in body and mind. It more dangerous than usual there ATM? Or just harder to get thru?
Al-Britani: Harder to get through akhi. JzkAllah khair my brother.
Our investigator then raised the subject of James’ brutal beheading, wondering how the jihadists could carry out such acts. But al-Britani was insistent…
Al-Britani: Allah make it easy.
He also insisted he was willing to die for IS.
He said: “Life is the biggest blessing You having given us. Here we are ready to hand it back to You ya Allah.”
Abu Abdullah al-Britani puts on his Kick Messenger Page Sinister: an image on al-Britani’s app profile
The fanatic then advised our man he could safely fly from the UK to Turkey before illegally crossing the border into Syria.
Asked if he had experienced any problems or been quizzed while entering Turkey, he told him: “Na akhi, its pretty easy”.
al-Britani is now one of the most wanted men on the planet and is being hunted over links to photo journalist James’ executioner, who is known as John.
Security services fear he is one of the three Brits behind the killing who are hiding in the Syrian city of Raqqa, where James was held hostage.
A former captive said the jihadists were dubbed The Beatles by prisoners because of their British accents.
Spooks believe the other two could be Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, 23, from Maida Vale, West London, and Abu Hussain al-Britani, 20, from Birmingham.
Abu-Hussain-al-Britani also known as Junaid Hussain Jihadi: Abu hussain Al-Britani from Birmingham taking aim
Al-Britani’s comments came days after he tried to justify James’ murder.
In badly-spelled English he tweeted: “A brother severed one body part and the world went nuts. A drone severes a body into a hundred peices but no one says nothing. #cheapblood”.
In further comments that will cause concern to the security services al-Britani told our man how he left in the dead of night from his home in Portsmouth as he first travelled to Syria to wage jihad in the war-torn country.
He went from Gatwick to Turkish capital Ankara. Once there he got a bus to a spot close to the border with Syria, which he jumped.
He said the distance between the Turkey and Syria borders was a run of 500 metres, during which you had to avoid patrols by border control officers.
He wrote: “You’ve got to be quick because they will arrest you. So get your fitness up. We want all muslims to return to their way of religion not just britians.”
Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary Jihadi: Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary from Maida Vale in London
Detailing the extent IS fighters go to in order to keep fit for their bloody warfare, he said terror training involved “a lot of push ups, sit ups, squats, carrying, army crawls, running long distances. Dont let being unfit put you off or delay you becaise you can better yourself once your here.”
Hoping our investigator was keen to follow in his path, al-Britani passed on the name of a contact, believed to be in Britain, he said could help.
Our reporter later contacted this man, who has posted a number of messages and pictures on Twitter, including one of a seven-year-old boy firing what appears to be a military artillery weapon.
He asked our man where he was from. When he told him London, the contact asked: “Where in London?” He had last night not replied to our text telling him “North London”.
From his hideout in Syria, al-Britani admitted he wanted to see the Prime Minister of Iraq, Nouri al-Maliki, killed.
He also said he wanted to “establish Allah’s empire”. But he told how he was “a revert” to the religion – meaning he was previously not a Muslim.
He also revealed he used to disagree with jihad. It is unclear what changed his mind, but he hinted he was angered by years of American drone attacks on Muslims.
He is understood to come from a good family back in Hampshire and admitted online that his parents did not agree with him travelling to Syria for jihad.
He said he did not contact them from the country as “there would be no point” because they don’t understand his cause.
He added that contacting them would be a security risk for him.