Jihadi leader suspected of blowing up Russian jet is a former rag merchant who pledged allegiance to ISIS after Egypt’s crackdown on Islamists

The Islamic State mastermind suspected of blowing up the Russian holiday jet is a former clothes importer who sought revenge for Egypt’s bloody crackdown on Islamists after the 2013 coup.

Secretive Egyptian cleric Abu Osama al-Masri, 42, has been named by Western intelligence chiefs as the prime suspect behind the attack on Metrojet Flight 9268 which killed 224 people.

He is leader of Sinai Province – formerly known as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis – which swore allegiance to ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi last year and has targeted Egyptian soldiers and police since the military toppled President Mohamed Mursi after mass protests two years ago.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    He’s a self described “rag merchant” but don’t dare call him a “rag head”?

    So, how’s Russia’s investigation coming along?
    This somewhat forces their hand.
    Watch RT closely for how this is going to be spun.
    If the anti-American rhetoric steps up and says that ISIS was created by the CIA, then you will know they plan on doing nothing.

    • Maurixio Garciasanchez

      The Rusians were too busy bombing the terrorists they don’t extra time for their own affairs.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      My Mom, growing up in England, used to be threatened with being given to the rag and bone man if she didn’t behave.

      • tom_billesley

        They used to come round offering kids a goldfish for a woolen sweater. Moms wanted kids to keep away from them for fear of losing their winter wardrobe.

  • Canadian

    Is Obola going to hide him from the Russkies?

  • jackburns

    Strange that the US media has basically blacked out reporting on Russian military activity in Syria, at least the waterboy sites like Yahoo have. They flown something like 448 targets hit in the last 3 days if you believe them.


    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Waterboy sites.
      I like that term.
      You need to get that into wiktionary.

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  • tom_billesley

    Sinai Province is a translation of “Wilayat Sinai”.Wilayat a version of Vilayet, an Ottoman term for a subdivision of the Caliphate.

  • Barrington Minge

    Isn’t it amazing? Every mooslim that opens his mouth is “a cleric”.
    99% of them are no more “a cleric” than I am…and I’m an athiest!!
    Time to start calling them what they are – 7th century retards!!

    • Will Quest

      Hear-Hear….. 7th century retards… and when they are at a revival of the islamic spirit { yearly conference in Toronto } they
      magically become 7th century retreads !