The fears of homegrown Islamic terrorism striking the streets of England were heightened recently by the gruesome video of the beheading of James Foley, an American journalist who was murdered by a British Islamic State terrorist in Syria.
INN That British IS jihadist is far from alone in the ranks of the extremist group that has conquered large portions of Iraq and Syria, declaring itself early last month as a caliphate. According to the UK’s Home Office, 500 people associated with Britain have joined IS, and roughly half have returned to the UK.
Khalid Mahmood, a British MP based in Birmingham, estimates that in total at least 1,500 young British Muslims have been recruited by extremists fighting in Iraq and Syria in the last three years.
Two British IS fighters currently in Syria, Abu Bakr and Abu Anwar, were interviewed via a video feed by CNN as reported on Thursday, and revealed that the video of Foley’s horrific murder is acting as a recruitment video. Abu Anwar said he would be “more than honored” to conduct a beheading like that of Foley, adding “I hope that Allah gives me a chance to do to James Foley to another enemy. My hands are ready to commit to this blessed act.”
Evidently the two British terrorists do not intend to limit their actions to Syria. The two previously spoke to CNN, and at that time Abu Bakar said he would never go back to the UK. Now Abu Bakar apparently has changed his mind, saying “I am ready to take that step to come back if your armies, your countries don’t stop attacking us.”