Was James Foley beheaded by “Jihad John?”

Was James Foley beheaded by “Jihad John?”

On August 19, 2014, the world awoke to the horror of an ISIS terrorist brutally beheading American journalist James Foley. Since that day there has been considerable comment, reaction, non-reaction, and quests for answers.

Specifically, who is the ISIS terrorist who brutally murdered James Foley? Who is he? Where is he from? Why become a terrorist? All very real questions that demand answers, even if the answers we receive aren’t easy to understand.

This morning, a significant number of media outlets reported that it is highly likely that this terrorist is British. The Sunday Times writes:

MI5 and MI6 have identified the British fighter suspected of murdering the American journalist James Foley, senior government sources confirmed last night.
The masked man with a London accent, who is said to be known to fellow fighters as “Jihadi John”, was seen in the shocking video of Foley’s death released by the Isis extremist army last week.
While sources gave no details of the man they have identified, a key suspect is Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, 23, who left his family’s £1m home in Maida Vale, west London, last year. He recently tweeted a picture of himself holding up a severed head.

The accent of this terrorist points to his London roots. In fact, several hostages referred to him as John and his “pals” as The Beatles because of that accent.. However, I’m quite certain that the original Beatles envisioned nor want that their name would be associated with terrorists, even who is is/was a wanna-be rapper.

Yes, “Jailor John”, as one publication is calling him had aspirations to be a rapper. He was good enough for a while that, as L Jinny a few of his songs played on BBC radio in 2012. However, his songs took a dark turn once he reportedly met and was radicalized by Islamic radical preacher, Anjem Choudry. In 2013 he left his very nice family home in London and headed to Syria. Leaving his rapper career and a $1.7million home in London (see a similar one here) behind all “for the sake of Allah.”

It is worth noting that Bary’s father likely had considerable influence on the rapper’s turn to terrorism. According to a source speaking with Fox News:

Bary’s Egyptian-born father was extradited from London to the United States in 2012 for his alleged connection to Usama bin Laden and the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Africa.

The other “Beatles” in terrorist John’s cadre are themselves shining examples of British subjects, radicalized by Islamic clerics, who now wage war on their home country and on everyone else.  Take a look at the rapper terrorist and some of the other British ISIS terrorists the UK and US are searching for.

Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary

rapper terrorist
rapper terrorist

Junaid Hussein


Amer Deghayes



Aine Davis


They all look like someone we should know and admire right?? WRONG. These homegrown British terrorists are so radicalized yet so greedy they are more sadistic to the hostages than many others with ISIS terrorists. According to The Daily Mail:

• One former hostage described them as ‘sadistic psychopaths’, regularly handing out brutal ‘punishments’ that included the use of Tasers on hands and bodies.
• They were so vicious that at one stage they were stopped from guarding hostages by ISThe disclosure that British militants talked among themselves and with their captives about ‘retiring’ with the money they were making demolishes any idea they are motivated purely by religious fervour.

A few days ago, Victory Girls pointed out that ransom demands and payments are one of the many lucrative means of financing for ISIS $2 Billion war chest. The Mail reports, via Fox News:

France had paid approximately $13.2 million for the release of four hostages held by ISIS earlier this year, while Italy had paid close to $5 million for the release of an Italian journalist. The release of seven other European journalists and aid workers reportedly cost a combined $26.5 million. Last week, the CEO of GlobalPost, a media organization where Foley had worked, revealed that ISIS had demanded a ransom of $132 million in exchange for Foley’s release.

Meanwhile the intelligence communities in the US and England are working 24/7 to verify for certain that the rapper and his “Beatle” cohorts were involved in James Foley’s brutal execution. Furthermore, it is evident that many in the UK government are waking up to the reality and dangers faced by the fact that an estimated 800 to 1,500 Britons have left their home country and are now in Syria or Iraq fighting with the ISIS terror group, including this creature.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond states,

“It is horrifying to think that the perpetrator of this heinous act could have been brought up in Britain,” Mr Hammond wrote in an article published in this week’s Sunday Times. “It is an utter betrayal of our country, our values and everything the British people stand for.”
Mr Hammond also warned that IS was “turning a swathe of Iraq and Syria into a terrorist state as a base for launching attacks on the West.”

So here you have it. A rapper and a few other young men from England who are now so radicalized, so vicious, and so evil that they will wage war on everyone who does not adhere to their whacked out beliefs. Even if that war is waged on the country they grew up in. You see its not just because of ideology. It’s the money, stupid. The UK is beginning to realize just how dangerous they are.  A few are speaking out with the realization that the UK approach to dealing with those Britons who are now terrorists has been tentative, uncertain, almost limp.  The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey is blunt:

Britons who are fighting for foreign terrorist groups, and any planning to travel overseas to commit terrorist acts should have their passports withdrawn.

He said it would take a “brave” government to carry this out but said it was his feeling that the majority of Britons would support such a measure “out of sheer disgust” that fellow Britons are “killing others in the name of Islam and so challenging the tolerant values that stem from our Christian heritage”.

“They should not have access to the privilege of travelling under a British passport with the accompanying consular protection – and they certainly should not be able to travel back to their shores with the barbaric and bloodthirsty skills they have gained,” he said.

“Young people who travel abroad to commit violent ‘jihad’ should know before they go that there is no way back to civilised society.

He is correct.  It will take a brave government to truly go up against their own countrymen turned terrorists.  Is the UK government brave enough?  Is the US government brave enough?  At this point, while we are waiting for final notification as to if Jihad John did brutally murder James Foley; I truly don’t know if our government or the UK has the stamina and will to truly fight this menace.

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