FBI knows the identity of ISIS ‘Jihadi John’ executioner who beheaded James Foley, Steven Sotloff

ISIS Executioner Identity

Failed British rapper Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, 23, is believed to be the ISIS terrorist who beheaded US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

The announcement came as the U.S.-led coalition bombed ISIS targets in Syria for a third straight day. At the same time, New York was on edge after the new Iraqi prime minister announced there was a plot to attack subways in Paris and the United States.
BY Dan Friedman , Rocco Parascandola , Sasha Goldstein , Corky Siemaszko

 The FBI has identified the masked Islamic State executioner wanted for the beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker. Videos of his murderous handiwork were slapped on the Internet.

“I believe we have identified him,” Director James Comey said Thursday during a briefing at FBI headquarters.

The announcement came as the U.S.-led coalition bombed ISIS targets in Syria for a third straight day. At the same time, New York was on edge after the new Iraqi prime minister announced there was a plot to attack subways in Paris and the United States. While city, state and federal officials vowed to investigate the alleged plot, there was no specific threat against New York.

Comey did not divulge the true identity of Jihadi John or say where the savage is from. Nor would the head G-man say whether investigators believe the sinister suspect personally killed 40-year-old James Foley, 31-year-old Steven Sotloff and British hostage David Haines, 44.

But the barbarian with the British accent is widely believed to be a Muslim militant from London.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said earlier in the week that investigators seeking to identify Jihadi John were “getting warm.”

They should be on fire.

Jihadi John has already been identified by several Brit papers as Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, a 23-year-old failed rapper who left London and joined the radical ISIS militants last year.

And the heinous hip-hopper has a filthy pedigree.

Last week, his 54-year-old father, Adel Abdel Bary, tearfully pleaded guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to conspiring to kill Americans and having a role in 1998 Al Qaeda bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that left 224 dead.
 Jihadi John is one of hundreds of British Muslims who have joined the ranks of ISIS, a murderous Sunni Muslim organization bent on carving out a caliphate in Syria and Iraq.

Foreign captives who managed to escape from the clutches of ISIS said Jihadi John is part of a trio of brutes who they dubbed the “Killer Beatles” because of their English accents.

The other henchmen have been identified by British publications as Razul Islam, 21, and Aine Davis, 30 — names U.S. and British officials haven’t confirmed.

The beheadings began in August after President Obama ordered air strikes against ISIS to stop the Islamic fanatics, who had already conquered large swaths of Iraqi and Syrian territory, from wiping out ethnic minorities.

Six weeks of U.S. bomb attacks stymied what had been a relentless ISIS advance. And on Tuesday, a U.S.-led coalition that includes several Arab nations began attacking the militants in Syria.

But ISIS continues to terrify.

On Thursday, Iraq’s new prime minister sent a scare through New York City when he suddenly announced that ISIS was plotting to launch attacks on subways in the U.S. and Paris.

“Today, while I’m here, I’m receiving accurate reports from Baghdad, where there was an arrest of a few elements, and there are networks planning from inside Iraq” to attack “in the metros of Paris and the U.S.,” Haider al—Abadi told reporters gathered outside the United Nations.

“Yes,” Abadi answered when asked if the ISIS attacks were imminent.

“No,” he replied when asked if they had been thwarted.
 Abadi divulged no other details about the alleged scheme to cause mayhem in the two countries that have been leading the charge against ISIS.

Minutes later, John Miller, the NYPD’s counterterrorism czar, said the department was on the case.

“We are aware of the Iraqi prime minister’s statements and we are in close contact with the FBI and other federal partners as we assess this particular threat stream,” he said in a statement.

Mayor de Blasio chimed in as well, alerting New Yorkers that there will be increased security throughout the subway system.

“You may be asked to open your bag,” he said. “You may find that there are some spot checkpoints set up. Don’t be alarmed. It’s just part of ensuring that we’re doing all we can as we get more information.”

But National Security Agency spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden threw up a red flag.

“We have not confirmed such a plot, and would have to review any information from our Iraqi partners before making further determinations,” Hayden said.

U.S. Rep. Pete King, a Long Island Republican who chairs the House Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, threw diplomacy aside and accused Abadi of “crying wolf.”

“There is absolutely no evidence” that an ISIS attack on New York City was imminent, he said. “People should not take it seriously until they are told by the NYPD, by the FBI or by Homeland Security that there is something there. And I don’t expect anything to be there.”

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton suggested the ISIS threat has been overblown and said the NYPD was waiting for a “clarification of the Iraqi prime minister’s remarks.”
 Abadi has yet to explain himself.

His wild warning came a day after he met with Obama and Arab leaders at the United Nations to discuss the ongoing bombing campaign against ISIS.

Ben Rhodes, a White House national security aide, said Abadi didn’t say a word about any ISIS plot at that meeting.

And an NYPD source told the Daily News the department was tipped off three weeks ago about a vague threat against city subways or suburban rail systems that never materialized. Abadi’s warning, the source added, could be a repeat of what the NYPD was told weeks ago - a vague threat that never materialized.

While Abadi did not specify which U.S. mass transit system was in the cross hairs of ISIS, the New York City subway is the nation’s largest and the likeliest target for a terror attack. Straphangers did not appear to be rattled.

“Anything is possible, but I’m not afraid,” said Nyoshe Fogah, 30, a nursing assistant from the Bronx waiting for the A train at 145 St. “Crazy things happen all over, especially in New York. You’ve got to get on with your life.”

Meanwhile, the civilized world stepped up its air attacks on ISIS, hitting militant-controlled oil installations in Syria and killing at least 20 people in overnight assaults, officials said.

The ruthless organization has been funding its operations by selling oil from captured fields on the black market. This was a direct attack on their chief source of revenue, which is estimated at $2 million a day.

Four oil installations and three oil fields near the town of Mayadeen took direct hits, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which gathers information from activists on the ground.

Some 14 terrorists were killed and another five people — apparently wives and children of militants — were killed near one of the targeted refineries near the town of Al-Hasakah, the activists reported.
 Across the border in Iraq, French fighter jets attacked ISIS forces to help the Kurdish fighters there — and to avenge the death of a French tourist who was beheaded by ISIS sympathizers in Algeria. France was the first European country to take part in the U.S.-led bombing campaign, and this was their second air raid on ISIS.

Despite the barrage of air strikes, ISIS thugs were still thirsting for blood.

CNN reported late Thursday that ISIS stormed a military base near Baghdad and killed as many as 300 soldiers. U.S. officials didn’t immediately verify that report.

Earlier in the day, U.S., Saudi and United Arab Emirates aircraft and drones bombed a dozen “modular” refineries that ISIS uses in its oil smuggling operation, the U.S. Central Command confirmed.

One of the UAE pilots leading the charge against ISIS belongs to a class of people they hate the most — women.

Maj. Mariam Al Mansouri, 35, is a squadron commander piloting an F-16 that is part of the coalition attacking ISIS strongholds in the Syrian cities of Raqqa, Aleppo and Idlib.

One of eight children, Mansouri was among the first women to join the UAE Air Force Academy when it finally allowed women to attend and graduated in 2008

“It was my aspiration,” she told UAE media outlets. “Ever since I finished high school, I wanted to learn flying because it was something that I liked in the first place.”

UAE borders Saudi Arabia, where women are still not allowed to drive cars.

With Kerry Burke, Jennifer Fermino and News Wire Services



Publish Date: 

Friday, 26 September 2014