Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, a 23-year-old British rapper who reportedly walked out of his family's £1 million home in Maida Vale, West London, last year to join militants in Syria after telling them he was "leaving everything for the sake of Allah," is being investigated as a key suspect in the beheading of journalist James Foley.
A senior western intelligence official who was not identified told Fox News that Bary is being eyed as Foley's executioner. The report noted that the Sunday Times and Sunday People listed Bary as a member of a group of at least three British-born ISIS fighters that former hostages call "The Beatles."
The Sunday Times said Britain's two major intelligence agencies, MI5 and MI6, had identified the man who beheaded Foley but had not publicly revealed this information. more >>
Sir Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90; the British actor known for his work on "Gandhi," spoke about his religious beliefs and the impact the real-life Gandhi had on him before his death.
"I can't believe, as Gandhi did, that there's only one religion, one form of practicing your credo. I am at a loss," Attenborough told The Scotsman. "I will go on trying because I would be arrogantly stupid not to, but having to adhere to custom and conviction in terms of practice I find destructive rather than constructive. It seems to me that organized, formal religions have done a fair amount of damage in terms of our chances of living without confrontation."
It's a profound statement from the man who worked so hard to tell the story of Gandhi and became known for his work. However, he was haunted by the death of his daughter Jane and his granddaughter Lucy, who both perished in the 2004 tsunami that struck Thailand. Attenborough never accepted his daughter's death and often spoke of the hope that he would see her again. more >>
The British ambassador to the United States has revealed that officials "are close" to identifying the Islamic militant with a strong English accent responsible for the beheading of American journalist James Foley last week.
"We're putting a great deal into the search," Peter Westmacott told CNN on Sunday, referring to the use of sophisticated technology to analyze the killer's voice.
Westmacott refused to comment further on the possible identity of the militant, who is seen in the video dressed in black, standing over 40-year-old Foley. more >>
Former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, writes in an op-ed piece that the hundreds of Britons fighting for foreign terrorist groups such as ISIS in Iraq must have their passports annulled and that Britain should no longer be ashamed about British identity in the name of "multiculturalism."
The menacing advance of the ISIS terrorist group, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or the Islamic State, in Iraq should not prejudice Western people against Muslim people and the Islamic faith, Lord Carey cautions in his article published in the U.K.'s Daily Mail newspaper Sunday.
But there is a darker side, he adds. "Radical Islam is on the rise and imperilling our way of life, threatening to undermine the values that have been bitterly won over the centuries," he said, noting that about 500 of "these murderous thugs, criminals and rapists" are said to be Britons and a further 1,500 from other parts of Europe. more >>
Pope Francis has called the family of American journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by Islamic militants in a video posted by terror group ISIS earlier this week. The family is said to be "moved and grateful" by the pontiff's gesture.
"Pope Francis phoned the family of #JamesFoley this afternoon at their residence in New Hampshire. The family was 'moved and grateful,'" Father James Martin, a Jesuit priest, wrote in a Twitter message Thursday.
Martin clarified that a Vatican official gave him permission to share the news. more >>
There are now reportedly more British Muslims fighting for terror group ISIS than Britain's military, an issue that some British Muslim leaders have recognized and warned that youngsters are being drawn by the idea that the jihadi sub-culture is "cool."
USA Today reported Thursday that close to 600 British Muslims serve in Britain's Ministry of Defense Armed Forces of 200,000 people, which is less than the estimated 800 British Muslim fighters that have joined ISIS in its war in Syria and Iraq.
United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond noted that the militant who appeared in a recent ISIS video showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley spoke with a British accent. more >>