Friday 20 October 2017

Declan Power: 'Irish jihadi' Kelly died futile death as duped cannon fodder

Terence 'Khalid' Kelly died a futile death as a duped piece of renegade cannon-fodder (File photo)
Terence 'Khalid' Kelly died a futile death as a duped piece of renegade cannon-fodder (File photo)

Declan Power

The death of Irish Islamic extremist Terence 'Khalid' Kelly will spark fears of further Islamic extremists in Ireland who might follow his example.

Dr Umar Al-Qadri of the Blanchardstown mosque spoke out to express fears that if Kelly had not travelled to Syria, then he would have likely engaged in an act of violence in Ireland.

The truth of the matter is that Kelly was a renegade malcontent desperately seeking to belong to a cause. Unlike many of those from Ireland and other European countries who have travelled to serve Isil and extremist Islamic causes, Kelly was not born into an Islamic culture, nor had he any ethnic ties to the peoples of the Middle East.

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