Two British citizens who joined the Islamic State have been listed by the United States on its global terrorist list.
One is former Bouncy Castle salesman Siddharta Dhar, part of the notorious British extremist Anjem Choudary’s network. Choudary was designated on the global terrorist list in March 2017.
A State Department statement read:
“Siddhartha Dhar was a leading member of now-defunct terrorist organization Al-Muhajiroun. In late 2014, Dhar left the United Kingdom to travel to Syria to join ISIS. He is considered to have replaced ISIS executioner Mohammad Emwazi, also known as “Jihadi John.” Dhar is believed to be the masked leader who appeared in a January 2016 ISIS video of the execution of several prisoners ISIS accused of spying for the UK.
Abdelatif Gaini is a Belgian-Moroccan citizen believed to be fighting for ISIS in the Middle East. Gaini is connected to UK-based ISIS sympathizers Mohamad Ali Ahmed and Humza Ali, who were convicted in the UK in 2016 of terrorism offenses.”
Dhar was arrested in 2014, but escaped the UK while on bail, making it to France and then to Syria.
View the complete global terrorist list here.