‘New Jehadi John’ video is ‘desperate stuff’ from IS: David Cameron
The video that surfaced on Sunday night shows a man dubbed as the “New Jehadi John”, who speaks with a London accent, and a boy described by the media as the son of British woman jihadist Grace Dare, of Nigerian origin.world Updated: Jan 05, 2016 08:36 IST
As British intelligence services tried to identify individuals featured in a new Islamic State video, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday the footage is “desperate stuff” from an organisation “losing territory”.
The video that surfaced on Sunday night shows a man dubbed as the “New Jihadi John”, who speaks with a London accent. It also features a boy described by the media as the son of British woman jihadist Grace Dare, of Nigerian origin.
Cameron said on a visit to east London: “It’s desperate stuff from an organisation that really does do the most utterly despicable and ghastly acts and people can see that again today. But this is an organisation that’s losing territory, it’s losing ground, it’s, I think, increasingly losing anybody’s sympathy, and this again shows what an appalling organisation we’re up against.”
He said the IS hated Britain for being a “successful, tolerant, democratic, multi-faith, multi-ethnic nation”, and added: “But I know that Britain will never be cowed by this sort of terrorism. Our values are so much stronger than theirs. It may take a very long time but they will be defeated.”
The video shows five men, alleged to be “British spies”, being shot dead. Intelligence services are said to be using voice recognition and other software to identify the individuals in the video.
Earlier, Cameron’s spokeswoman said: “We are examining the content of the video, and the Prime Minister is being kept updated on that. It serves as a reminder of the barbarity of Daesh and what the world faces with these terrorists. It is also clearly a propaganda tool and should be treated as such.”
She added: “One of our reflections is this is a terrorist group we are seeing being put under pressure with the targeted strikes that have successfully targeted some of the key proponents in the organisation, with the action that the Iraqi forces are being able to take to push back against Isil.”
Londoner Mohammed Emwazi was identified as Jihadi John, who was reportedly killed in an air strike last year. The “New Jihadi John”, also masked like the original, holds a gun and mocks Cameron for daring to “challenge the might” of the extremist group.
He says in the video: “We will continue to wage jihad, break borders and one day invade your land where we will rule by the Sharia.”
First Published: Jan 04, 2016 19:11 IST