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Father of British Islamist fighter urges son to come home

Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 - 02:09

The father of a British national said to have joined the radical Islamist group ISIL says he's devastated by his son's recruitment and urges his son to come home. Mana Rabiee reports.

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This is said to be a jihadist recruitment video for the ISIL, the al Qaeda off-shoot that's now fighting for territory in Syria and Iraq. It's video that Reuters can't verify. But THIS young man talking now is said to be British citizen Abu Muthanna al Yemeni, from Cardiff, Wales. (SOUNDBITE) (English/Arabic) MAN PURPORTED TO BE BRITISH ISIL FIGHTER, ABU MUTHANNA AL YEMENI, SAYING: "We have brothers from Bangladesh, from Iraq, from Cambodia, Australia, UK..." His family call him Nasser. He's among five Australian and British nationals identified in the video who are calling on Muslims to join the war in Syria and Iraq. (SOUNDBITE) (English/Arabic) PURPORTED AUSTRALIAN ISIL FIGHTER, ABU NOUR AL IRAQI, SAYING: "You know, when it comes to jihad, there are two types of people: those who will find every single type of excuse to come to jihad, and those who will find every single excuse not to come to jihad." At Nasser's family home, his father, who doesn't want to be shown, says his son's recruitment into ISIL has been devastating. (SOUNDBITE) FATHER OF MAN PURPORTED TO BE BRITISH ISIL FIGHTER, WHO DOES NOT WANT TO BE IDENTIFIED, SAYING: "Sad, crying, I wish I could hold him, hold his hand, ask him to come back." With stunning speed, ISIL is taking control of large tracts of northern and central Iraq, to set up a Sunni caliphate. For at least one expert who studies radicalization and political violence, the recruitment video is a landmark moment for ISIL. Professor Peter Neuman of King's College in London. (SOUNDBITE) KING'S COLLEGE LONDON, PROFESSOR PETER NEUMANN, SAYING: "It signifies that they believe they have momentum right now, they want to capitalize on that momentum, they want to get people who are maybe on the brink of going, people in western countries like Britain who are saying maybe I should go but I'm not entirely sure, to get them to come." This father just wants his boy, and the other men, to lay down their arms and come home. (SOUNDBITE) FATHER OF MAN PURPORTED TO BE BRITISH ISIL FIGHTER, WHO DOES NOT WANT TO BE IDENTIFIED, SAYING: "Please stop, go back to Turkey and come back home. You are safe to go back to United Kingdom and to go into any other Arab country, or a Muslim country." ISIL includes thousands of foreign fighters. Western intelligence agencies say it's become a magnet for jihadi volunteers from Europe and North Africa.

Father of British Islamist fighter urges son to come home

Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 - 02:09

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