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Quem é o jihadista degolador?

Licenciado em ciências da computação, em 2009 na University of Westminster, é filho de uma família árabe da classe média do Koweit mas residente em Londres, para onde se tinha mudado quando ele tinha 6 anos. 

Jihadi John: How a Kuwait-born, middle-class Londoner became an ISIS icon…

The NYT’s Steven Erlanger: “Mohammed Emwazi was 6 when his parents moved to West London from his birthplace in Kuwait, and he seems to have lived a normal life, studying hard and graduating in computer sciences from the University of Westminster in 2009. But he came to the attention of the British intelligence services in May that same year, detained as he landed in Tanzania with two friends on what he described as a celebratory safari.

“British officials thought he and his friends were headed to Somalia, to fight with the terrorist group Al Shabab, and allegedly tried to recruit him as an informant before shipping him back home.”

The fundamental question facing the West: “Given important constitutional and legal protections, how do counterterrorism and police officials draw the line when they find enough evidence to suspect someone, but do not have enough to prosecute them, or even to keep them under legal surveillance?” More from the NYT here.

How a Kuwait-born, middle-class Londoner became an ISIS icon, in the WaPo, here.

The 26-year-old Mohammed Emwazi turned to militancy because he claimed he was harassed as a Muslim. USA Today’s Jane Onyanga-Omara and Donna Leinwand Leger: “The Islamic State executioner with the British accent has been unmasked as a Kuwaiti-born Londoner who grew up in affluence but turned to militancy and barbarism after repeated harassment by security agencies simply because, in his view, he was a Muslim.” More here.

Noting: the WaPo’s Souad Mekhennet and Adam Goldman first identified Emwazi yesterday.


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