The infamous British-accented ISIS militant – ‘Jihadi John’ (real name Mohammed Emwazi) – seen in numerous snuff videos allegedly beheading hostages, including US photojournalist James Foley and Briton Alan Henning, was known to British intelligence as early as 2009.
According to the Daily Mail, MI5 tried to recruit the radical as an informant and he was freely allowed to and from the Middle East and Africa over the course of MI5’s surveillance of him.
Daily Mail reports:
British security forces were facing difficult questions yesterday as it emerged that ISIS killer Mohammed Emwazi, known as Jihadi John, was brought to their attention five years ago. He was deemed to be so significant within terror circles that MI5 allegedly tried and failed to recruit him, and yet he was able to slip the net and begin his reign of terror in the Middle East.
The article claims MI5 “failed” to recruit Emwazi, but how do we know that? The British government has since the beginning of the Syria crisis supported the rebel elements fighting to oust Assad, providing them with weapons and training. For all we know, MI5 may have recruited ‘Jihadi John’ to fight in Syria against Assad and he is today fulfilling his obligations as a British agent sent to assail Damascus. The beheading videos he appears in, including one where a British citizen is killed, are not evidence that MI5 failed to recruit him. To the contrary, these videos are just what British and American authorities want in order to justify further intervention in Iraq and Syria.
Read the full article at the Daily Mail