Saturday 20 January 2018

Reported Irish ISIS suicide bomber appeared on the Late Late Show in 2003

Ian Begley

The Irish jihadist who reportedly died in a suicide bomb attack in Mosul on Friday appeared on the Late Late Show in 2003.

Abu Usama Al-Irlandi, better known as Khalid Kelly, was interviewed alongside controversial British cleric Anjem Choudary by Pat Kenny who talked at length about his introduction to Islam, his opinion on Osama bin Laden, and if he thought the 9/11 attacks were justified.

Speaking about September 11, 2011 he said: “It’s very easy to speak about these people in a bad way but you have a look at the oppression they suffered over years and years.

Read more: Irish jihadist has died in a suicide bomb attack while fighting in Mosul - ISIS claims

When asked what did the Irish woman who died alongside her daughter on one of the planes that hit the trade centre, Kelly said: “Obviously I believe that Allah gives life and takes life so these people would have died wherever they were in the world.”

Kelly then referred to what the prophet Mohammed said when talking about killing innocents. "Don't target them, but if they're in the way, they're in the way."

The Islamic State released a photo of Kelly confirming his involvement in the suicide attack, referring to him as Abu Osama Irlandi: “Brother martyr Abu Osama Irelandi, may Allah accept his soul, attacked a group of animals from the Hashd [Shia militia] in the village of Ghzayel Al-Kabir.”

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