“Abousamra was born in France and raised in the upscale Boston suburb of Stoughton. He attended the exclusive Xaverian Brothers Catholic high school and made the Dean’s List at Northeastern University and his father is a prominent endocrinologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.” You know: poverty and lack of education causes terrorism.
“Two US jihadis who made ISIS propaganda videos – including one on the FBI’s most wanted terrorist list – ‘are killed in Iraqi air strike,'” by John Hall, MailOnline, June 1, 2015:
Two American nationals – including a jihadi featured on the FBI’s ‘Most Wanted Terrorists’ list – are believed to have been killed fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq.
Ahmad Abousamra, 33, and Abu Osama al-Amriki are understood to have died as a result of an airstrike by Iraqi warplanes in the west of the largely ISIS-held province of Anbar.
A number of other senior ISIS commanders – including the jihadi in charge of local suicide bombing operations – were also killed in the airstrikes.
The Americans are said to have been heavily involved in the production of ISIS’ propaganda videos, and have even been linked to the sickening filmed beheadings of two Britons and three U.S. nationals in a series of videos released by the terror group last summer.
The deaths of the two America nationals were released by the the Iraqi military to the Al Arabiya news service following the successful airstrike.
They are said to have been killed alongside a number of senior ISIS figures of Middle East and North African origin, including explosives expert Abu Aicha al-Ansari, charity supervisor Abu Hussein al-Sulaimani and suicide bomb coordinator Abdullatif Jumaa al-Mohammedi.
The two Americans were expressly identified as having a senior role within ISIS’ production and distribution of sickening propaganda videos – potentially including those featuring the murder of Western hostages James Foley, Steven Sotloff, David Haines, Alan Henning and Peter Kassig.
France-born Abousamra has long been known to American authorities, having been questioned in 2006 on suspicion of having travelled to Iraq to join a fledgling ISIS in their fight against U.S. troops two years earlier.
Later that year Abousamra is believed to have slipped out of the country and headed to Syria.
In 2009, he was charged with federal terrorism offenses relating to a would-be attack in Boston. In 2013 he was placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, with a $50,000 reward for his capture.
Abousamra has been widely speculated as the man behind ISIS’ hugely successful manipulation of social media to spread the group’s propaganda and to recruit new members to the organisation.
It has been suggested he led the team responsible for the distribution of ISIS propaganda videos, including the simultaneous posting of sickening videos showing the murder of Western hostages.
Abousamra was born in France and raised in the upscale Boston suburb of Stoughton. He attended the exclusive Xaverian Brothers Catholic high school and made the Dean’s List at Northeastern University and his father is a prominent endocrinologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.
He graduated with a degree in a technology field then took a job at a telecommunications company but by his early 20s is understood to have become radicalised, according to ABC News.
In 2004, federal authorities say, Abousamra left his American life behind and traveled to fight U.S. soldiers as part of Al-Qaeda in Iraq – the group that later became known as Islamic State or ISIS.
Instead, he was recruited to the groups ‘media wing’ – a role is believed to have held until his death….