August 26, 2014

Via Alternet and the Sydney Morning Herald:

British intelligence agencies MI5 and MI6 have identified the man suspected of the horrific beheading of American journalist James Foley, according to British media reports.

The hooded man with an English accent is believed to be 23-year-old Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, known to fellow Islamic State militants as Jihadi John. The former rapper left his family home in an affluent west London suburb last year to fight in the civil war in Syria. In early August he tweeted a photo of himself wearing military camouflage and a black hood, while holding a severed head in his left hand.

British SAS forces are hunting Foley's killer, using a range of high-tech equipment to track him down and potentially free other hostages.

I hope they have some rock-solid evidence of this before going after him. And if it's true, what the hell possesses some rich kid to decide kidnapping and executing journalists should be his life's work?

The handbasket may have officially reached hell.

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