Britain to identify beheading suspect

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A masked Islamic State militant holding a knife speaks next to man purported to be U.S. journalist James Foley at an unknown location in this still image from an undated video posted on a social media website.

ARA News

Zurich, Switzerland – On Sunday, the British Ambassador to the U.S., Peter Westmacott, said that his country is “close” to identifying the member of the Islamic State (IS) who appeared in a video last week beheading the American journalist James Foley.

Foley’s executioner was partially identified as a British Islamist by experts. The U.K. is currently holding investigation to uncover the identity of the IS militant.

So far, the man is described by linguists as 30-year-old from southern England or London. The British authorities are reportedly investigating several British jihadis who are currently fighting in the ranks of the Islamic State (IS) in the Syrian northern province of Raqqa.

“We are close,” Westmacott said in reference to the ongoing investigations in this regard. “We’re putting a great deal into the search.”

According to AP, the IS militant who appeared in the beheading video is thought to be Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary.

Bary is a former rapper from London.

“He reportedly has joined militants in Syria. He is the son of Abdel Abdul Bary, an alleged al-Qaeda operative who was extradited from Britain to the U.S. in 2012 to face terrorism charges.”

However, the final results of the ongoing investigations are to be announced in days, according to observers.

Reporting by: Kamiran Saleh

Source: ARA News

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