westerners who joined ISIS

British jihadis who join Isis aren’t victims – suicide bombers know what they’re doing

British fighters serving with various jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq have set another macabre record. Talha Asmal, a 17-year-old from Dewsbury, became Britain’s youngest ever suicide bomber by attacking an oil refinery outside the Iraqi city of Baiji on 13 June. Before him, the “record” belonged to Hasib Hussain, 18, who participated in the 7/7 attacks in London in 2005. In the decade between their acts the relationship between some parts of British Muslim life and extremism has become stronger. Millions of pounds have been thrown at the problem and numerous groups established to counter the radicalisation threat.

All of this has been a resounding failure in the UK and across Europe.


A little surprised to see this in The Statesman

  • Norman_In_New_York

    With the atrocities of the Islamic State widely, fully and repeatedly publicized, recruits can’t claim ignorance of the horrors, nor should their country of origin try in any way to downplay their knowledge.

    I also note that prior to leaving their country of residence, the media describes them as Asian, but when they arrive in Syria or Iraq, they magically become European.