What happened to the British medics who went to work for Isis?

The man leans forward in the video, a stethoscope dangling from his neck, and urges: “All the people in England, I ask you again, all the Muslims over there, leave the land of England and come to make hijrah [the journey] here. There is a great cause being fought here, the caravan is leaving.”

The speaker is Ahmed Sami Khader, 23, from south-east London, and the caravan left in the spring. It is almost four months since this newspaper revealed that he and eight other British-Sudanese doctors had crossed the Syrian border at Tel Abyad to join Islamic State and answer its call for doctors.

Since the Britons disappeared into Isis’s self-proclaimed caliphate, the Observerhas collated testimony from family members, friends and former classmates – speaking for the first time, on condition of anonymity – in an attempt to reconstruct what happened to the five women and four men. Were they safe? Did they want to come home?


They should be stripped of citizenship and allowed to rot.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    ‘For the families, the initial optimism that their children’s foray into Isis would prove short lived have faded.’That made my day.

  • Jason

    These people hate the UK and the West in general; they make no secret of it. They do not wish to live there, in fact they would undoubtedly do harm to the UK, if they were able. Yet the British government wants them back? What am I missing here?

    • Allan

      What you are missing is David Cameron’s puppy love for Muslims. “It isn’t that Muslims have to integrate into British life, but Britons have to adapt to Muslims”, or some such phrase. He’s got his nose so far up the Islamic collective ass that his eyes are brown.

    • It is an unfathomable madness. Governments should be encouraging Muslims to leave for their beloved Caliphate, offering cash incentives if need be.

      • ntt1

        if most are on social assistance with free housing and national health then an economy flight to the middle east would be very cost effective in a very short time not even figuring in future security costs and incarceration.

    • BillyHW

      We allow our women to vote, therefore we can’t ever do anything that would ever hurt someone’s feelings somewhere.

  • Tom Quiggin

    Interesting use of the term “caravan is leaving”. The use of this term in this context suggests the reader is a follower of Abdullah Azzam- the chief theoriest behind Bin Landen in Afghanistan in the 1980s. Again, it shows the commonality of the ideology behind the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS, AQ etc.

  • Allan

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all or most of the Muslims in Britain just left? England could return to its former glory.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      No, you’d still have yobboes falling down drunk in the streets.
      But, they’d be their yobboes.

      • ntt1

        those yobbos are the bored remnants of the same stock that built their empire. it was flocks of 20 something literate, numerate men that went out to the farthest corners of the world just like the muslims are doing now.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          I know who they are.
          And but for the grace of God there go I.

  • ntt1

    one way travel should be facilitated with an agreed cancellation of citizenship and the understanding there was no returning. To expend any effort in keeping irrational people ,no matter how well educated, Penned up in a country they hate is beyond stupid.

  • BillyHW

    We need to stop giving spaces in our medical schools to these foreign demons. They are not like us. Unlike Donald Trump, I don’t assume any of them are good people.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      I think these jackasses went to the Sudan to study medicine.
      Who knew their schools were so highly regarded?