Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary of England is alleged to be the executioner in ISIS videos showing the beheadings of four Western hostages, including a video released Friday purporting to show the beheading of Alan Henning.
Here’s what you need to know.
1. He’s a British Rapper
Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, better known by his rap name Jinn Matic, is 23 years old and was raised in a rich west London suburb called Maida Vale. His childhood home is reportedly worth more than 1 million pounds.
Above is a rap video of his titled Still Here.
His music was popular and was even played on BBC Radio 1, one of the top radio stations in England.
2. He Left for Syria Last Year
Bary left for Syria last year to fight in the civil war.
His Twitter account has been suspended, but according to the Sydney Morning Herald:
In early August he tweeted a photo of himself wearing military camouflage and a black hood, while holding a severed head in his left hand.
3. The Sunday Times Identified Him as James Foley’s Killer
According to the Sunday Times, Brisith intelligence sources identified Bary as the terrorist who killed American journalist James Foley on August 19. Videos showing the beheadings of Steven Sotloff, David Cawthorne Haines and Henning appear to show the same executioner.
The Times reported in August:
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.
Jihadi John was then identified as Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary.
The case being built against him used the execution video of Foley and matched his executioner’s speaking voice to various YouTube rap videos of Bary’s.
4. He is the Son of Another Suspected Terrorist
Bary’s father is on trial in New York City.
Bary is the son of an Egyptian-born militant who is awaiting trial on terrorism in Manhattan, due to his alleged involvement in the bombing of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.
Accordingly, MI5 and 6 have deployed agents into ISIS-held territory to hunt down the alleged second generation terrorist. The Daily Mail reports:
British Special Forces hunting the killer of James Foley are using an array of sophisticated equipment to track him down – and possibly free other hostages being held.
The Mail on Sunday has been told that in the past 48 hours a ‘significant force’ of SAS soldiers and signallers have deployed to northern Iraq, joining Iraqi and Kurdish units fighting IS.
They have separated into four-man teams and are accompanying local troops in an attempt to capture British jihadis, identify them and establish links to Jihadi John.
5. Anjem Choudary Allegedly Persuaded Him to Fight in Syria
Anjem Choudary is a British Muslim social and political activist.
Choudary has ties to terrorist organizations and has referred to the terrorists who orchestrated 9/11 as “magnificent martyrs.”
It is believed that Choudary encouraged Bary to go fight in Syria.