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The identity of 'Jihadi John' - ICSR statement

Posted on 26/02/2015
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Please find a statement below on behalf the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College London, regarding the identity of 'Jihadi John':

We believe that the identity and name published by the Washington Post and now in the public realm, to be accurate and correct.

‘Jihadi John’ is not special in the sense that all the foreign fighters have tried to hide their identity by using pseudonyms or literally by masking themselves.

The fact that ‘Jihadi John’ has been unveiled in this manner demonstrates that whatever efforts are made, the ability to mask one’s identity is limited or in fact impossible, and their true identities will eventually be revealed. 

This demonstrates what we have long said about radicalisation, that it is not something driven by poverty or social deprivation. Ideology clearly plays a big role in motivating some men to participate in jihadist causes.

British fighters have clearly demonstrated that they are not in this conflict to take a back seat. They are full participants in this war, operating as suicide bombers, hostage takers, and executioners.

Comment by Shiraz Maher, Senior Research Fellow, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College London

For further media information please contact the Public Relations Department on 0207 848 3202 or pr@kcl.ac.uk.

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