A British Islamic extremist fighting in Syria for Isis has claimed he would be “honoured” to perform an execution similar to the brutal murder of James Foley last week, as he threatened to bring his fight home.
Two masked men, Abu Anwar Al-Brittani and Abu Bakar, who claim to be fighters for Isis, gave the exclusive interview via video link to CNN yesterday from an unknown location, likely to be somewhere in northern Syria.
Al-Brittani said: “I hope God gives me the chance to do such a thing as the brother did with James Foley. Whether it be someone like James Foley or a soldier of Bashar [Assad, the Syrian president] or a soldier of America.”
James Foley was an American journalist, held prisoner by the Islamic State for two years before his public execution by an British Isis fighter last week.
Al-Brittani continued: “My hands are ready to do this task.”
The video will continue to stoke fears of Islamic extremists returning to Britain, further radicalised and prepared to fight.
Abu Bakr, who CNN’s interviewer Atika Shubert has spoken to before, says: "I am ready to take that step to come back if your armies, your countries don't stop attacking us".
Previously, Bakr has said he does not wish to return to Britain.
The number of British men fighting in Syria and Iraq under the Islamic State is roughly 500 – equivalent to the same numbers who serve in the British Royal Forces.
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According to CNN calculations, based on government estimates of the number of people who have travel from their country to Syria and Pew Porum approximations of the number of Muslims in each country, Britain has roughly the same proportion of individuals fighting for Isis as France.
It also has a lower proportion than Australia, Belgium and a number of northern European countries.
Towards the end of the interview Al-Brittani resumes speaking, belittling the Muslim council of Britain's denouncement of the Islamic States' crimes, claiming: “The Muslim council of Britain are apostates. They are not Muslims, they have always fought against Islam with the British government.”
He finishes by saying: “They have tried to stop young men going to Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and they work in these so-called ‘anti-extremist projects. They are not Muslims”.