UK: Rich, Porsche-Driving Barrister Joins ISIS

Jihad Watch has some analysis refuting the idea that Islamic terrorists are poor.

From the Daily Mail:
A British Islamic State fanatic who has spent two years fighting in the Syrian city of Raqqa is a former Porsche-driving barrister, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

Abu Adam Al-Britani described last week how the ISIS stronghold – the scene of some of the terror group’s most appalling atrocities – had been ‘obliterated’ in coalition air strikes and said US-backed forces were now closing in on him and his fellow militants.

In a pitiful 72-minute rant, he said life was so bleak that stray cats and dogs had become fat by feasting on ‘dead human flesh’.

The terrorist gave few clues to his real identity on the tape, posted on encrypted messaging app Telegram, which ISIS uses to spread propaganda.

But The Mail on Sunday has learned he is 39-year-old Yaser Iqbal, a married lawyer from Birmingham who, before moving to Syria, boasted he earned more in a day than most do in a month.

In the recording Iqbal emphasised his story does not conform to the jihadi stereotype, saying of his old life: ‘I was not a loser… I had a Porsche, I was doing very well in my life… I was looking forward to saving up to buy a villa and a Lamborghini.’

After practising as a barrister in London he became a solicitor specialising in immigration, and ran a succession of firms, including one in Harrow, North West London.

It is unclear just what prompted him to give up his successful life, though he said he came to regard his UK existence as ‘rubbish’. He criticises Western culture, describing Britain as ‘a country of dogs’.

In 2010, Iqbal was one of 24 prominent Muslims who contributed to a book called ‘7/7 Muslim Perspectives’ in which they reflected on the carnage caused by the London suicide bombers five years earlier.

Described as a barrister in Birmingham, he wrote: ‘I am not pointing towards some conspiracy theory but what I am presenting is my view that the explanation as to the real perpetrators of 7/7 is not as simple as most people are led to believe.’

Neighbours in Birmingham said last night that Iqbal, who has a conviction for drink driving, encouraged his former friends to ‘join him in jihad’.

However before he quit Britain four years ago, initially for Saudi Arabia, he was held in high regard in his neighbourhood. Locals described him in glowing terms.

For some he had been the man to help resolve their immigration issues and for many he was a shining example of what was possible in British society.

One neighbour said: ‘He’s a lovely man and very humble. He would always be willing to help you with advice. He is not lying when he says he earned more in a day than many do in a month and he drove a silver Porsche. It was a Boxster.’…

0 comments. Leave a comment below.:

Post a Comment

Spam and abuse will not be published. You can use some HTML tags in your comments.

Thank you for reading and commenting.