London teenager used his student loan to fly himself and four friends to join ISIS in Syria and duped airport police by claiming they were travelling to find love

A London teenager blew his student loan on travelling to Syria to join ISIS – and duped airport police by claiming the group was hoping to find love in the war-torn country, a court today heard.

Yahya Rashid, 19, used a forged BTEC certificate to gain a place at Middlesex University despite having an IQ of between 65 and 70 – far below the average of between 85 and 115.

He then used a loan and educational grants that he was entitled to claim to take four friends from his mosque with him to the Turkey-Syria border via Morocco, Woolwich Crown Court heard.

  • tom_billesley

    The average IQ is 100, by definition.

    • African

      Tom, if the typical IQ of Western population is 100 why are Western societies unable to figure out that islam and muslims who follow it are very violent and and a dangerous threat to their societies? Why are they keep importing millions of muslims into the West every year? Is their superposed high IQ not applicable in this area?

      • tom_billesley

        Political leaders are not selected on the basis of their IQ.

        • African

          Tom wrote:

          “…Also, IQ is a test score that’s only an indicator of ability to solve a
          set of logical problems. Someone with a high score can still be foolish,
          gullible or a self-serving traitor…”

          Agreed Tom and I can’t help wondering why then are the IQ tests are such a valuable standard tool for evaluating of human intelligence in the West? I know, for example, my illiterate nomadic kinsmen in Africa would tell you the direction where the morning winds will blow next day or which direction the rain will come from next week without having any man-made weather-forecasting tools or any kind of formal Western education. But I do agree with you that intelligence can be multi-faceted and someone with a high-scoring IQ can still be a gullible fool or an outright psychopathic traitor.

          • tom_billesley

            IQ is probably an indicator of how well someone will function in a western economy and in an urban environment. The weather-wise are also found in the west, among the shepherds and fishermen of marginal lands.

  • edlancey

    “despite having an IQ of between 65 and 70 – far below the average of between 85 and 115.”

    85-115 is the average is for British people. For people who look like him 65/70 IQ is simply par for the course – sleep, eat and pray.

    • grayjohn

      Sleep, eat, pray, rape animals, kill Christians…

  • BradThomas

    IQ’s follow a Gaussian (Normal) distribution pretty closely. A standard deviation for IQs tends to be about 15 – which would make him 2+ sd’s below average; that is, more than 95% of the population have higher IQs than he does.

    Islam – attracting the best minds for 1400 years.

    • tom_billesley

      His medical notes would be annotated NFM (normal for muslims)

  • Xavier

    Attempting to join a designated terrorist group should be a capital offense. No incarceration, no appeal. Triple tap.

    • Clausewitz

      Treason doesn’t seem to be dealt with these days as it was back 70 years ago. Pity.

  • African

    Will Justin Trudeau import the 25000 muslims he promised to bring into Canada before this Christmas in the light of the Paris jihadist attacks?

    • Alex

      Unfortunately, yes.

      Will France continue importing muslims in light of the Paris jihadist attacks? You bet.

      • simus1

        Will mass arrests be ordered in Europe and assassinations carried out overseas for the top planners of these atrocities?
        Will cowardly rulers throughout Europe give top priority to internment camp construction to house the tens of thousands of known security risks and active terrorists?
        Jailing a good selection of the fan boy useful idiots like those at the BBC and in other government bureaucracies would also be a nice gesture.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Pulling off theses frauds requires an IQ higher than 70. On the other hand, those who he duped, …

    • Kathy Prendergast

      Not necessarily. Keep in mind that the average IQ for Africans is about 85, at least in sub-Saharan Africa. IQ tests measure things like abstract and conceptual thinking, not so much basic survival smarts and ability to deceive.

  • mauser 98

    student loans fund ISIS … don’t say it out loud , may offend some one

    A 51-year-old man arrested in Germany last week with weapons in his car might be linked to the Paris attacks

    • H

      I’m starting to actually get physically ill at the sight of that woman ….

      • mauser 98

        millions are