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A man from Lancashire who encouraged Islamic extremists to wage jihad in the West, including targeting Prince George and injecting poison in to supermarket ice-cream, has been convicted today (31 May).
Husnain Rashid, 32, posted messages online glorifying successful terrorist atrocities committed by others while encouraging and inciting his readers to plan and commit attacks.
One of his posts included a photograph of Prince George, along with the address of his school, a black silhouette of a jihad fighter and the message ìeven the royal family will not be left aloneî.
His common theme was that attacks could be carried out by one individual acting alone. Rashid suggested perpetrators had the option of using poisons, vehicles, weapons, bombs, chemicals or knives. Rashid uploaded terrorist material to an online library he created with the goal of helping others plan an attack.
He also planned to travel to Turkey and Syria with the intention of fighting in Daesh-controlled territories. He contacted individuals he believed to be in Daesh territory, seeking advice on how to reach Syria and how to obtain the required authorisation necessary to join a fighting group.
Rashid provided one individual who had travelled to Syria and was known online as ìRepunzelî, with information about methods of shooting down aircraft and jamming missile systems.
All the offences relate to Rashidís activities online between October 2016 and his arrest in November 2017.
Rashidís trial started on 23 May at Woolwich Crown Court but he changed his plea to guilty on four counts on 31 May. He will be sentenced on 28 June.
Sue Hemming from the CPS said: ìHusnain Rashid is an extremist who not only sought to encourage others to commit attacks on targets in the West but was planning to travel aboard so he could fight himself.
ìHe tried to argue that he had not done anything illegal but with the overwhelming weight of evidence against him he changed his plea to guilty.
ìThe judge will now deci
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A man from Lancashire who encouraged Islamic extremists to wage jihad in the West, including targeting Prince George and injecting poison in to supermarket ice-cream, has been convicted today (31 May). Husnain Rashid, 32, posted messages online glorifying successful terrorist atrocities committed by others while encouraging and inciting his readers to plan and commit attacks. One of his posts included a photograph of Prince George, along with the address of his school, a black silhouette of a jihad fighter and the message ìeven the royal family will not be left aloneî. His common theme was that attacks could be carried out by one individual acting alone. Rashid suggested perpetrators had the option of using poisons, vehicles, weapons, bombs, chemicals or knives. Rashid uploaded terrorist material to an online library he created with the goal of helping others plan an attack. He also planned to travel to Turkey and Syria with the intention of fighting in Daesh-controlled territories. He contacted individuals he believed to be in Daesh territory, seeking advice on how to reach Syria and how to obtain the required authorisation necessary to join a fighting group. Rashid provided one individual who had travelled to Syria and was known online as ìRepunzelî, with information about methods of shooting down aircraft and jamming missile systems. All the offences relate to Rashidís activities online between October 2016 and his arrest in November 2017. Rashidís trial started on 23 May at Woolwich Crown Court but he changed his plea to guilty on four counts on 31 May. He will be sentenced on 28 June. Sue Hemming from the CPS said: ìHusnain Rashid is an extremist who not only sought to encourage others to commit attacks on targets in the West but was planning to travel aboard so he could fight himself. ìHe tried to argue that he had not done anything illegal but with the overwhelming weight of evidence against him he changed his plea to guilty. ìThe judge will now deci
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Video shows four men being beheaded

ISIS claims it is four captives from a prison where coalition forces liberated 70 hostages

A man speaking English in the recording apparently is not the executioner nicknamed "Jihadi John" from other videos

CNN —  

A video purportedly from ISIS surfaced online Friday and shows the terrorists beheading four Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in retaliation for the daring raid by U.S.-led coalition forces last week in northern Iraq.

At the end of the 15-minute video, a masked English-speaking man delivers a warning to U.S. President Barack Obama before he executes one of the prisoners, who is wearing an orange jumpsuit.

The three other prisoners are also seen being beheaded at the end of the video and Arabic text appears onscreen. It translates as “Peshmerga soldiers that Americans came down to rescue.”

Earlier in the video, ISIS also claims to show the aftermath of the raid during which 70 hostages were rescued by Kurdish, U.S. and Iraqi forces from an ISIS prison in Hawija, in the northern Iraq province of Kirkuk.

“ISIS respects no form of human rights. Our message to them is that we will finish them,” said Dindar Zebari, a spokesman for the Kurdistan regional government. “But we have another message for them. We hold 215 ISIS prisoners and we treat them according to international human rights laws.

“We have also freed 85 prisoners who had been suspected of association with ISIS. We do not kill our prisoners.”

More than 20 ISIS fighters were killed in the raid and six were captured, the Kurdistan regional government said at the time. There were no Kurds among the hostages, it said.

Some 20 members of the Iraqi Security Forces, local residents and several ISIS fighters accused of spying were among the 70 people freed.

The Kurds are an ethnic group with an autonomous region in northern Iraq. The Kurdish Peshmerga, the military force that protects this region, has been fighting ISIS, which captured parts of Iraq and Syria in an attempt to create what it calls its Islamic caliphate.

The video includes accounts from several people ISIS claims were witnesses to the assault, during which one U.S. soldier was mortally wounded.

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Earlier this week, ISIS, in an online post, called the raid a failure and said none of the rescued hostages were Peshmerga forces. The raid was called for by the Kurds to rescue captured Peshmerga fighters who were in imminent danger of being executed, officials said.

Masked man

The masked man in the video does not appear to be “Jihadi John,” who has appeared in ISIS videos where other captives have been beheaded.

Jihadi John’s real name is believed to be Mohammed Emwazi. He was born in Kuwait in 1988 and moved to the United Kingdom in 1994.

Emwazi is a priority target for the United States because he has killed American and other Western and Japanese hostages.

During the summer, unverified news reports suggested he might be on the run from ISIS because his activities put the group in the crosshairs of the world.

But U.S. officials familiar with administration thinking said in July they did not believe that was the case. They said he might have been shifted to other work for ISIS to keep him out of the public spotlight.

Beheadings in Turkey blamed on ISIS

Two Syrian activists were killed in the Turkish town of Urfa, according to two Syrian activist groups and a Turkish official with knowledge of the event.

The groups Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently and Eye on Homeland said Ibrahim Abdul Qadir and Faris Humadi were killed by ISIS. The terrorist group did not immediately take credit for the killings.

The two men were shot in the head then beheaded while in their apartment, Reuters reported, citing Abu Ibrahim Raqqawi, the founder of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently.

The Committee to Protect Journalists, which called for an immediate investigation by Turkish authorities, said Qadir and Humadi worked for Eye on Homeland, a Syrian media group that reports on the civil war.

Qadir also worked for Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, where he was one of the founding members of the activist group, which posts online photos, video and information from the Syrian province.

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CNN’s Barbara Starr, Tim Lister, Gul Tuysuz, Raja Razek, Hamdi Alkhshali, Yousuf Basil and Pierre Meilhan contributed to this report.