Thursday 22 August 2019

Jihadi John had secret son who is entitled to live in the UK

Notorious british jihadist, killed in a US drone strike, married and had a son in Syria

Emwazi, a Londoner nicknamed as Jihadi John is believed to have played a central role in a series of beheading videos
Emwazi, a Londoner nicknamed as Jihadi John is believed to have played a central role in a series of beheading videos

Gordon Rayner

Jihadi John, the notorious British Islamic State executioner who was killed in a drone strike in Syria, is believed to have secretly fathered a son who is automatically entitled to British citizenship.

Mohammed Emwazi (27), the real name of the Briton whose identity was finally confirmed by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, was “evaporated” by a Hellfire missile fired from a US Reaper drone after British intelligence analysts located him in the ISIS headquarters of Raqqa.

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Mr Cameron described the operation as “a strike at the heart” of Islamic State, adding that it was an “act of self-defence” and “the right thing to do”.A British drone, operated from Lincolnshire, was involved in the US-led operation but did not fire the fatal missile.

There were unconfirmed reports that a second British jihadi had also been killed in the same attack.   

Mohammed Emwazi - also known as Jihadi John (Reuters)
Mohammed Emwazi - also known as Jihadi John (Reuters)

The White House said that the families of Jihadi John's victims in Syria were told about the plan before the operation was carried out.

Bethany Haines, whose father David was one of two British hostages beheaded on camera by Emwazi, said she felt “an instant sense of relief” at being told he was dead, knowing that “he wouldn't appear in any more horrific videos”.

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A video purportedly showing U.S.journalist Steven Sotloff making what appears to be a pre-written speech in an unknown location is seen in this still image from video released by Islamic State September 2, 2014

But it has emerged that the Home Office will be powerless to stop Emwazi’s Syrian-born son coming to live in Britain at some point in the future.

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The identity and nationality of the boy’s mother is not known but Home Office rules make it clear that he is already regarded as British, stating: “British citizenship may descend to one generation born abroad.

"So a child born abroad to a parent who is British…will automatically be British by descent.”

It means he would be entitled to a British passport and could come to live in the UK, though his mother, if she is from outside the EU, would have to apply for a visa to be allowed into the country.   

Although final confirmation of Emwazi’s death is still awaited, sources in the US said they were “99 pc certain” he had been killed.

The security services are now on high alert for possible revenge attacks on targets in the UK.

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Mr Cameron described Emwazi as a “barbaric murderer” who had remained a threat to innocent people, “and it will demonstrate to those who would do Britain, our people and our allies harm, we have a long reach, we have an unwavering determination, and we never forget our citizens."Britain and our allies will not rest until we have defeated this evil terrorist death cult."   

Colonel Steve Warren, the US Army spokesman in Iraq, described Emwazi as a "human animal" and added: "killing him is probably making the world a better place.”

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