Picture of white jihadi sparks fears of Islamic State propaganda coup
The appearance of a photograph appearing to show a young white ‘jihadist’ armed with a rifle sitting alongside Islamic State fighters has led to fears of a major propaganda coup by the extremist group.
The picture shows the youth, named in some reports as Jonathan Edwards, sitting in front of a black flag of the type used by IS, also know as Isil, wearing a bullet proof vest.
Next to him sit two beared men, both clutching weapons, wearing similar dress – apparently fighters with the jihadi group which has spread terror across large parts of Syria and Iraq.
But doubts about the authenticity have emerged after a blogger, who calls himself Abu Dawud, claimed on Saturday that he had fabricated the image in order to hoax the British media.