Monday 22 July 2019

ISIS in Ireland: Gardai probe FM104 interview amid warning group recruiting here

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A warning has been issued that Islamic extremists are becoming increasingly active here – as gardai are probing a call to the FM104 phoneshow.

Officers contacted the FM104 phoneshow after a caller expressed support for the Islamic rebels.

Host Chris Barry interviewed Khalid Kelly (48) earlier this month, a Dublin-born Islamic convert.

Over the course of the interview Mr Kelly suggested that Irish peacekeeping troops serving in the Golan Heights should join ISIS militants.

Khalid Kelly
Khalid Kelly

He claimed that “then they would be on the right side”.

He also claimed during the broadcast that journalists who were beheaded by the militants were ‘spies’.

Chris Barry confirmed to The Star that after the show gardai contacted them and requested the recordings.

“Gardai have requested the recording from us. He is clearly a person of interest to them and is also clearly a supporter of the Islamic State.

“They are his brothers and he talked fondly of them.”

Kelly is a father-of-three and a former Catholic altar boy who converted to the religion in 2000.

He told the paper he doesn’t believe he did anything illegal during the interview.

“I believe I said the truth”, he said.

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Kelly was arrested by gardai in 2011 for making threats against the life of US President Barack Obama.

He has previously said his ‘heart feels comforted’ every time he watches footage of the 9/11 attacks.

Meanwhile Dr Ali al-Saleh, imam at the Shia mosque in Milltown in Dublin, has warned that Islamic extremists are active in Ireland.

He said Ireland is not doing enough to combat the threat of ISIL, the terrorist group which controls vast swathes of Iraq and Syria.

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"They (ISIL members) live here, they are active at the level of small circles, giving lectures, talking to the youth," Dr Saleh told Newstalk.

"This is a problem. We've said that from the beginning, now we have it. We didn't tackle it from the beginning. It is a duty of us, the Imam, to talk openly against those things.

"I ask the Muslims here to cooperate with the gardai and to notify them about any activities like this," he added.

Dr Saleh's son Jaafar, a medical student, said he has heard a lot of people getting excited about what's going on in Iraq and Syria, with individuals speaking about their friends trying to join the fighting.

"You get a lot of speakers coming here from all over the world, from Saudi Arabia, from the Gulf states. (It's) sometimes kind of shocking that they're allowed into Ireland. Back over there where they speak, in Saudi Arabia or whatever, clearly they call for people to go to jihad in Syria and Iraq," he added.

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Yesterday an 'Irish jihadi' fighting with ISIS publicly defended the execution of British aid worker David Haines.

The fanatical convert – believed to be in his early 20s – claimed Mr Haines’ former role in the RAF justified his brutal beheading.

Tributes have been paid to murdered aid worker David Haines this weekend and he has been described as a 'British hero' by David Cameron.

Defending the killing on social media, the extremist, who is fighting in Syria, wrote: “David Haines was in the RAF for 10 years, the same RAF that bombs Muslims and gets involved in wars in the Muslim lands that has no direct threat and has nothing do do with Britain.

'Irish jihadi' defends execution of aid worker David Haines

“Have you seen the track record of USA and UK how many innocent Muslims they have imprisoned and killed?

“Not to mention the occupation and killing campaign they support in Palestine.

“I love how the amount of westerners killed can be counted on one hand but the blood of the Muslims can run like and open tap and no one cries for them."

The jihadist was writing this weekend on the social media website Ask.fm. His account has since been suspended.

Appearing on Ask.fm using the name Muthenna ibn Abu, he was asked “What did British aid worker David Haines do to your pathetic murdering army?”

He replied: “Murdering army, lol (laugh out loud). Don’t make me laugh.

“At least we give your government the choice to save your fellow countrymen, I couldn’t say the same for your ‘murdering army’.

“Your government is hypocritical and they are brainwashing your public down the same road.”

“They actually don’t care about you, the family of (James) Foley was warned that if they raised money for his realise (sic) then they could be prosecuted.

“Many hostages from other western countries was freed because their governments took the smart choice instead of being arrogant.”

Muthenna, who describes himself as “half-Irish half-Nigerian” has previously described his life under ISIS – posing with AK-47 assault rifles.

He has encouraged Muslims as young as 16 to travel to Syria and Iraq to join the fanatical group.

He has been posting messages from Syria since early July and also uses an encrypted texting service to try to persuade others to join the jihad.

Muthenna says he is a Muslim convert and has described his own parents as "kuffars" (infidels).

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