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.