Britons who have died fighting for IS

Some 850 individuals of national security concern have travelled to fight in Iraq and Syria, according to Government figures.

Of those, just under half have returned to the UK and approximately 15% are dead.

The latest, named by Islamic State as Abu-Zakariya al Britani, is said to have died in a suicide bomb attack on Iraqi forces in Mosul.

Here we profile some of the other Britons thought to have died while fighting for IS.

Mohammed Emwazi – “Jihadi John”

Mohammed Emwazi
Image Caption: Emwazi, known as Jihadi John, appeared in IS videos where captives were executed

Emwazi was reportedly killed in November 2015 by an airstrike.

IS later released what appeared to be an obituary to Emwazi, whom it called Abu Muharib al Muhajir, including pictures of the militant smiling towards the camera.

The Londoner first appeared in a video in August 2014 in which he appeared to behead US journalist James Foley.

He appeared in other videos featuring the murder of captives by IS, including the deaths of US reporter Steven Sotloff and British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning.

Emwazi was born in Kuwait and attended Quintin Kynaston Community Academy in north London, before going on to gain a degree in information systems from the University of Westminster.

Reyaad Khan

Reyaad Khan was killed in an airstrike in Raqqa, Syria, in 2015
Image Caption: Reyaad Khan was killed in an airstrike in Raqqa, Syria, in 2015

Khan was 20 when he appeared in an IS recruitment video titled There Is No Life Without Jihad alongside other British jihadist fighters Ruhul Amin and Nasser Muthana last June.

All three are pictured at the top of this page.

Originally from Cardiff, Khan is thought to have travelled to fight in Syria in 2013.

After appearing in the video carrying an assault rifle, his mother said she believed he had been “brainwashed” into joining IS.

Before he left the country, Khan attended the Al Manar Centre in Cardiff along with Muthana.

He is thought to have been killed on 21 August, 2015, when the vehicle in which he was travelling was targeted by a remotely piloted aircraft in Raqqa, Syria.

Ruhul Amin

Ruhul Amin grew up in Aberdeen
Image Caption: Ruhul Amin grew up in Aberdeen

Amin, 26, appeared alongside Khan and Muthana in the IS recruitment video under the name Brother Abu Bara al Hindi.

Wearing sunglasses and a white headscarf, he urged people to “sacrifice” themselves to fight for jihad.

Amin, also known as Abdul Raqib Amin, was born in Bangladesh and grew up in Aberdeen before reportedly moving with his family to Leicester.

In July 2014, he told ITV’s Good Morning Britain he did not intend to return to Britain.

He said: “I left the house with the intention of not to go back. I’m going to stay and fight until the (caliphate) is established, or I die.”

Amin was reportedly killed in the same airstrike as Khan in 2015.

Junaid Hussain

Junaid Hussain And IS Document screengrab
Image Caption: Junaid Hussain was a computer hacker and number three on the Pentagon’s list of IS targets

Hussain was a computer hacker who was described as a key IS operative before he was killed in a US drone strike on 24 August 2015.

The 21-year-old, from Birmingham, was said to have been number three on the Pentagon’s list of IS targets.

He is thought to have fled Britain to travel to Syria in 2013 and was linked to a plot to attack an Armed Forces Day parade in south London last year.

In June 2012, Hussain was jailed for six months after he admitted making prank calls to a counter-terror hotline and publishing former prime minister Tony Blair’s address book.

He was a member of hacking group TeaMpOison, which claimed responsibility for more than 1,400 offences where information was illegally extracted from victims in the UK and around the world.

Hussain was apparently married to Muslim convert Sally Jones, a mother of two from Kent who was a former member of an all-girl punk rock group, before becoming a recruiter for IS.


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