British Jihadist Killed Fighting our Kurdish Sisters and Brothers in Kobane.
Mehdi Hassan: Died Fighting with Isis Against our Kurdish Sisters and Brothers.
The BBC has just reported.
A fourth man from Portsmouth who went to fight in Syria for Islamic State (IS) is believed to have been killed.
Mehdi Hassan, 19, travelled to the country with a group of four other men in October 2013.
A photo of his body emerged on Twitter on Friday and his family confirmed earlier to their local mosque they had received news of his death.
Iftekar Jaman, Mamunur Roshid and Hamidur Rahman have previously been killed in the fighting.
In a statement, the Foreign Office said it had not received any reports about Mr Hassan’s death but was “aware of reports about the death of a British national in Syria”.
‘Well mannered boy’
Chairman of the Portsmouth Jami Mosque, Abdul Jalil, said: “It has been confirmed with the family that he has died. Right now they are very upset.
“I am saddened and again shocked for the community about this news.”
It is thought he died in Kobane.
A family friend, who did not want to be named, told the BBC: “Mehdi Hassan was a polite well mannered boy and always spoke to elders with respect.
“He had a good family upbringing. It’s a shame, he would have been a valuable member to Portsmouth society.”
On 17 October, a tweet from an account believed to be linked to Mr Hassan said: “Between 20-40 us strikes daily in ayn al arab [the Syrian town of of Kobane]. Alhamdulillah they are spending $10’s of billions…against themselves.
The Guardian says,
On Tuesday, it was confirmed that another of the so-called “Pompey lads” Manunur Roshid, 24, was also killed in fighting on the Syrian frontline with reports suggesting he also died in the battle to seize Kobani, which borders Turkey. Reports of their death follows that of two other Portsmouth men, Ifthekar Jaman, 23, last December and Muhammad Hamidur Rahman, 25 in August.
Hassan’s death leaves Assad Uzzaman, 25, fighting in Syria with Isis while the other member of the group, Mashadur Choudhury, 31, returned to the UK and is currently in jail.
Hasan was part of a group of five calling themselves the “Britani Brigade Bangladeshi Bad Boys”. The fanatics, all from Portsmouth, had been seduced by glamorous tales of martyrdom to join Islamic State – formerly Isis – establishing a Muslim caliphate in the Middle East.
Shiraz Maher, from King’s ICSR, said: “Now, of the six men who went from Porstmouth to fight jihad in Syria, four have now died and one is in prison.
“We know that Hassan was fighting for the battle of Kobani, likely alongside Manunur Rohsid who was reported killed a few days ago.”
Maher said that this death showed that Brits were being killed in all regions of the sprawling and bloody conflict from Mediterranean coastal provinces in Syria, to the west of Iraq to towns on the Turkish border. “Brits are not there to take a back seat in this conflict, they are full participants in this war,” he said.
We take the participation of British Islamists in the genocidal war against our Kurdish sisters and brothers extremely seriously.
Their assault on the beloved people of Kobane is a monstrous war crime.
Meanwhile the Stop the War Coalition sees fit to publish this in reaction to the attacks in Canada,
The term “terrorism” has become nothing more than a rhetorical weapon for legitimizing all violence by Western countries, and delegitimizing all violence against them, even when the violence called “terrorism” is clearly intended as retaliation for Western violence.
It is hard to think of how they would describe the blood-stained crimes of the “well-mannered” “Pompey lads”.