“In pictures on his Facebook page, he is seen in combat fatigues, carrying an automatic rifle and reading the Koran.” Not that this has anything to do with…
“NHS doctor leaves family in Sheffield to ‘join Islamic State in Syria,'” by Danny Boyle, Telegraph, May 24, 2016:
An NHS doctor who spent seven years working in Britain left his wife and two children in Sheffield to join Isil fighters, it has emerged.
Issam Abuanza – who is pictured on Facebook wearing medical scrubs and carrying a gun in a holster – moved to Syria with the militant group, leaked recruitment papers have disclosed.
The 37-year-old, who is believed to be the first practising NHS doctor known to have joined Isil fighters, is said to have gained a licence to practise medicine in Britain in 2009.
Dr Abuanza reportedly combined shifts as a registrar with running an online clothing company selling kaftan dresses.
“I’ve no idea how he became like this or who showed him the path to terror”Najla Abuanza
But Dr Abuanza – a Palestinian doctor with British citizenship – left Britain to join Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) fighters in 2014, documents obtained by the BBC showed.
His sister Najla said that his parents will “never forgive him”.
Dr Abuanza is believed to have crossed into Syria on July 26 2014, soon after the creation of Isil’s self-proclaimed caliphate.
In his registration document, he is said to have described himself as a doctor specialising in endocrinology – the treatment of hormonal imbalances.
Dr Abuanza is understood to have qualified as a doctor in Baghdad in 2003 before later moving to Britain and working in the NHS from 2007.
In pictures on his Facebook page, he is seen in combat fatigues, carrying an automatic rifle and reading the Koran.
Dr Abuanza’s wife told the BBC that his family knew nothing of his plans.
“He used to be quite the dashing young man, very modern,” Dr Abuanza’s sister, Najla Abuanza, told the BBC. “I’ve no idea how he became like this or who showed him the path to terror.”…