Another moderate bites the proverbial dust. From moderate to jihadist just like that. Mehdi Hassan (along with friends Mamunur Roshid, Ifthekar Jaman, Muhammad Hamidur Rahman, Assad Uzzaman) pretended to go on holiday to Turkey, but actually went into Syria to fight for the Islamic State.
The idea that is rammed down our throats by Islamic supremacists like Hamas-CAIR and Islamic apologists like John Kerry and mullah Obama, that this has nothing to do with Islam, is outrageous, false and fatal. Mehdi Hassan, like so many other “moderates,” grew up in an affluent neighborhood and attended a prestigious private school. Giving further proof to the lie (as if we needed more) that poverty, disaffection, illiteracy [fill in the blank] is the motivator behind Muslims going Islam.
The United States and other Western nations have based numerous foreign and domestic policies on the assumption that moderate Muslims all reject and abhor jihad terror and favor secular government, democracy and pluralism. They have paid insufficient attention to the fact that Muslim communities in the West have not made any concerted effort to expel supporters of jihad terror from their midst, and they’ve done nothing at all to teach against the jihadist understanding of Islam, even though they ostensibly reject it.
This has the effect that we see illustrated by the trajectory of Mehdi Hassan: People taken as “moderate” turn out to be “extremist.”
As the Islamic State draws increasing numbers of recruits from Muslims in the West – Muslims like Abdel Bary and Mehdi Hassan – the NYPD and other law-enforcement agencies are winding down surveillance programs in Muslim communities, under pressure from Islamic supremacist groups with ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. This is unconscionable and endangers Americans.
Ex-private schoolboy, 19, who became fourth Portsmouth jihadist to die fighting for ISIS tried to flee Syria but was caught by militants just eight minutes from the border
Mehdi Hassan, 19, who used alias Abu Dujana, killed fighting for ISIS in Syria
Former Catholic schoolboy from Portsmouth travelled to country last year
Part of gang-of-five British jihadists seen on CCTV boarding flight to Turkey
Family said Hassan expressed his intention to return to UK in recent months
But claimed he was scared about repercussions and threat of terror charges
He tried to meet his mother at border but couldn’t escape without passport
He was captured by ISIS and was imprisoned by the jihadists for four days
ISIS encourages its recruits to burn their passports as a sign of loyalty
By Emma Glanfield and Tom Wyke for MailOnline, October 25, 2014
A former Portsmouth schoolboy who died while fighting for ISIS tried to escape Syria but was captured only minutes away from meeting his mother across the Turkish border.
The family of Mehdi Hassan, 19, who attended a private Catholic school in Hampshire, confirmed he died in the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani after a picture of his body emerged on Twitter.
Hassan, who also used the alias Abu Dujana, had expressed plans to return to Britain over the last few months but had been scared about the repercussions and the threat of prosecution on terror charges, his family said.
Mehdi Hassan, 19, (pictured) who attended a private Catholic school in Hampshire, travelled to Syria to fight for ISIS with four others from Portsmouth in October last year. He died in the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani
Hassan became one of the youngest people to join the group of British jihadists in Syria after travelling to the Middle East in October last year.
But following phone contact with his mother, who he discovered had travelled to Turkey to establish his whereabouts, Hassan attempted to escape from the extremist group he had once been a part of.
His attempt to flee occurred when he was recuperating in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa following treatment for a wound he sustained in battle.
Sensing his opportunity, Hassan attempted to escape without a passport, trying to reach the Turkish border town of Urfa.
He was so close to escaping, he phoned his mum and told her he could even see Urfa.
But he was caught just eight minutes away from the border and was imprisoned by ISIS for four days.
Without a passport, Hassan did not try to escape again, returning to fight for the jihadists before he was killed in Kobani.
Although it’s unclear exactly why Hassan did not have his passport, ISIS is known to encourage its recruits to burn their passports upon swearing allegiance to the caliphate.
The act is considered a test of loyalty and a symbol of their fighters’ desire to sever all ties to their home nation.
His family confirmed his death this morning and issued a statement to ITV which said: ‘We can confirm that this is indeed Mehdi Hassan. We request that the family be left to grieve.
‘Mehdi was a loving boy with a good heart wishing to help Syrians.
‘In recent months he had expressed the intention to return home but was worried about the repercussions.
‘This is a tragedy and a lesson.’
Hassan, 19, attended St John’s College, a Catholic school in Portsmouth, which charges £10,000 a year for day pupils. He travelled to Syria in October 2013
Hassan had been planning to study international politics at Surrey University in September last year but travelled to Syria to fight with four other young men prior to the start of his course.
He previously attended St John’s College, a Catholic school in Portsmouth, which charges £10,000 a year for day pupils and more than double for boarders.
He was active on Twitter, using his alias Abu Dujana, and regularly posted messages from Syria.
His last post, sent just days before his death, said: ‘Between 20-40 us strikes daily in ayn al arab. Alhamdulillah they are spending $10’s of billions…against themselves.’ (sic)
He reportedly used to call his family in Britain ‘once every couple of months,’ keeping them updated on conditions in Syria.
He initially told his family that he was going to stay in Syria for just three weeks before he extended his stay for a further three months. He phoned his mother and told her to withdraw his place from Surrey University, declaring he would be staying in Syria.
His death comes just days after it was confirmed another member of the jihadist group he travelled to Syria with had also been killed while fighting.
Mamunur Roshid, 24, who joined Hassan, Ifthekar Jaman, 23, Primark worker Muhammad Hamidur Rahman, 25, and Assad Uzzaman, 25, in pretending to go on holiday to Turkey before crossing into Syria, died earlier this week.
CCTV showed the gang-of-five breezing through London’s Gatwick Airport and looking like tourists setting off on a fortnight’s holiday to Turkey.
In reality, the smiling Britons captured on CCTV were heading to Syria to fight their so-called ‘holy war’.
The fanatics, who called themselves the Britani Brigade Bangladeshi Bad Boys, were all from Portsmouth, and had been seduced by glamorous tales of martyrdom to join Islamic State (ISIS) in establishing a Muslim caliphate in the Middle East.
Hassan, Roshid, Rahman and Jaman have all since died while fighting in Syria.
The Foreign Office said today it had not yet received any reports about Mr Hassan’s death but was ‘aware of reports about the death of a British national in Syria’.
A spokesman added: ‘The UK has advised for some time against all travel to Syria, where all UK consular services are suspended.
‘As we do not have any representation in Syria, it is extremely difficult to get any confirmation of deaths or injuries and our options for supporting British nationals there are extremely limited.’
Abdul Jalil, chairman of the Portsmouth Jami Mosque which Hassan attended, told the BBC: ‘It has been confirmed with the family that he has died. Right now they are very upset.
‘I am saddened and again shocked for the community about this news.’
Hassan was one of five friends from Portsmouth who pretended to go on holiday to Turkey but instead went to fight for Islamic State in Syria. The group were caught on CCTV at London’s Gatwick Airport last year (pictured)
In his last tweet, posted on October 17 under his alias ‘Abu Dujana’, Hassan told of 20-40 daily U.S. airstrikes
He was leaving the Islamic State but still fighting and tweeting? Uh, OK.
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