Au Hasard!

Jihadist Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary appeared in a number of freestyle rap videos on YouTube as late as 2012 under the L. Jinny. His lyrics speak of the difficulties he, his five siblings and mother experienced since his father's arrest on suspicion of terrorism.

But that was then. Bary, now 24, has since quit music and joined Islamic State fighters in their violent quest to establish a Wahabist caliphate.

Bary is believed to have left his five siblings and mother in their London council flat and flown to Syria last year, aged 23. There, calling himself Abu Kalashnikov, he appeared in a gruesome photograph holding a man's severed head. Elsewhere he remarked he had “left everything for the sake of Allah.”

When he was 6, police came to his family’s home and arrested his father, Adel Abdul Bary. In 2012 the elder Abdul Bary was extradited to the U.S. for his alleged connections to Osama bin Laden and the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Africa. He is being held in New York awaiting trial.

In recent years Bary became hostile toward the the U.S. and his own government. Friends say Western involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan helped radicalize him, as did his contact with young followers of extremist British preacher Anjem Choudary.

Bary is one of around 500 homegrown jihadists the U.K.’s Foreign Office believes have travelled to Syria since the beginning of the war.


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