A British jihadist has announced his intention to become a suicide bomber in Syria in a documentary exposing a two-year “waiting list” for radicals wanting to blow themselves up.
Lucas Kinney, 26, is the son of Hollywood film-maker Patrick Kinney, who has worked on blockbusters including Braveheart, Twilight and Indiana Jones.
He is among the members of Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, filmed for a Norwegian documentary.
“I’m originally from Britain, I was born in London,” he tells the camera.
“My father is American, my mother English. My dream is to make a martyrdom operation, inshallah (God willing).”
Kinney, who goes by the nom de guerre Abu Basir Al-Britani and has featured in propaganda films, is shown preparing for military operations and discussing “martyrdom” with his fellow fighters.
He is seen smiling as another man tells him he’s being deployed as a suicide bomber in an attack on a hospital allegedly used as a defence post by regime soldiers.
“The physical action is very easy - you go, you drive, you press the button,” Kinney says.
“But how many can actually press the button knowing that you’re departing to the meeting with Allah. This is something very heavy.”
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Syrians carry children amid debris following a air strike by government forces in the northern city of Aleppo
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A Syrian man carries a girl on a street covered with dust following a air strike by government forces in the northern city of Aleppo
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Syrians react as they stand amid debris following a air strike by government forces in the northern city of Aleppo
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A Syrian man carries a girl amid debris following a air strike by government forces in the northern city of Aleppo
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An injured Syrian man walks out from the rubble of a destroyed building following a air strike by government forces in the northern city of Aleppo
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A Syrian woman makes her way through debris following a air strike by government forces in the northern city of Aleppo
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People stand on the rubble of collapsed buildings at a site hit by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in the Al-Fardous neighbourhood of Aleppo
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Syrian residents stand amid the rubble of destroyed buildings
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A Syrian resident grasps a mattress amid rubble in the al-Firdous neighborhood of the northern city of Aleppo
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A bullet-riddled parking sign stands amid debris in a deserted street leading into the old city of Homs
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A general view shows abandoned buildings on a deserted square in the old city of Homs after Syrian government forces regained control of rebel-controlled areas
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A mosque is pictured through shattered glass in the old city of Homs, as rebel fighters withdrew from the city centre in line with a negotiated withdrawal deal with the government after having held out under tight siege for nearly two years
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Buses carrying Free Syrian Army fighters leaving Homs. Exhausted and worn out from a year-long siege, hundreds of Syrian rebels left their last remaining bastions in the heart of the central city of Homs under a cease-fire deal with government forces. The exit of some 1,200 fighters and civilians will mark a de facto end of the rebellion in the battered city, which was one of the first places to rise up against President Bashar Assad's rule, earning it the nickname of "capital of the revolution"
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Syrian government forces hold up a portrait of President Bashar al-Assad (L) while others raise the national flag on top of a pole in the old city of Homs
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Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad run through Aleppo's Bustan al-Qasr crossing after their release by rebels. They were freed as part of a larger deal which saw the last remaining Syrian rebels in central Homs city evacuate their positions and free captives in several locations in northern Syria
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A Syrian woman and two children walk past heavily damaged buildings in the northern city of Aleppo
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A man carries a wounded girl following a reported bombardment with explosive-packed "barrel bombs" by Syrian government forces in the al-Mowasalat neighborhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo
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A wounded man sits as he is treated at a makeshift hospital following a reported bombardment with explosive-packed "barrel bombs" by Syrian government forces in the al-Sakhour district of the northern city of Aleppo
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Debris rises in what Free Syrian Army fighters and Islamic rebels said was an operation to strike Al-Sahaba checkpoint, which is considered a gateway to Al-Dayf valley, and remove forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad in Maarat Al-Nouman, Idlib province
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Men try to put out fire at a site hit by what activists said was an air strike by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the town of Azaz, north of Aleppo, near the border with Turkey
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Civil Defence members try to put out fire
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Survivors react at a site hit by what activists said was an air strike by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the town of Azaz, north of Aleppo, near the border with Turkey
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Residents queue as they wait to receive food aid distributed by the UNRWA at the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, south of Damascus
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Belongings of Syrian rebels inside a chapel at Crac des Chevaliers, the world's best preserved medieval Crusader castle in Syria. The village was destroyed in fighting between the government and rebel forces while the castle, listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, also has been damaged over the past two years
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Hosen Sabah, a 16-year-old student is comforted by his mother at a hospital in Damascus. Nosen was wounded by a mortar outside his school, while 14 other students were killed and over 80 wounded
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A Free Syrian Army fighter works on a locally made launcher before firing it towards forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad in Mork town
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Syrian policemen and citizens inspecting the site of a car bomb at the entrance of Moadhamiyet al-Sham neighborhood in rural Damascus. According to Syria's Arab News Agency (SANA), a car bomb explosion has gone off in the countryside of Damascus and initial information say there are casualties, where a car rigged with explosions was remotely detonated at the entrance of Moadhamiyet al-Sham neighborhood in rural Damascus during engineering units it was trying to dismantled it
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Opposition fighters carrying a rocket launcher during clashes against government forces in the Sheikh Lutfi area, west of the airport in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo
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A Syrian man helps a woman to make her way through debris following reported air strikes by government forces in the Halak neighbourhood in northeastern Aleppo
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A Syrian man reacts as he carries the body of injured boy following reported air strikes by government forces in the Halak neighbourhood in northeastern Aleppo. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 33 civilians were killed in the attack
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Syrian rescue workers carry the body of a woman following reported air strikes by government forces in the Halak neighbourhood in northeastern Aleppo
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Syrians gather at the site of reported air strikes by government forces in the Halak neighbourhood in northeastern Aleppo
His Syrian wife was pregnant during filming last year and is since believed to have given birth.
Kinney admitted suicide bombing was not an “easy subject” after receiving news that he would be a father, but believed his choice was being “tested by Allah”.
The documentary, called Dugma: The Button, was made by Pal Refsdal and explores the motivations and doubts of suicide bombers as they prepare to die.
He spent six weeks embedded with Jabhat al-Nusra for filming, telling the AFP news agency the terrorist group uses suicide bombers far less than its rival Isis.
“Several weeks can go by in between two operations,” Mr Refsdal said.
“They're not like Isis, which they are also fighting which sends car bombs one after the other with very young drivers dying en masse.”
The journalist converted to Islam while being held by Afghanistan's Taliban in 2009, The Local reported, and said his film was not “trying to tell people what to think”.
His documentary is due to air on Norwegian television in early March.
At least 700 British men and women are believed to have travelled to join Isis, Jabhat al-Nursra and other extremist organisations in Syria and Iraq.
Several of those are known to have been used as suicide bombers, including 20-year-old Fatlum Shakalu, known as Abu Musa al-Britani, who killed himself during Isis’ assault on Ramadi in May.
A report released yesterday by the Conflict Armament Research (CAR) group revealed the extent of the so-called Islamic State’s manufacture of improvised explosive devices using civilian equipment from around the world.
James Bevan, executive director of CAR said the group was continually experimenting, refining and creating new types of IEDs ranging from suicide and car bombs to landmines, booby traps and improvised mortars.
“It’s on a larger scale than we’ve seen in recent conflicts,” he added.Reuse content