Mayor wants 'jihadi John' killed

The UK's ambassador to the US said British intelligence agencies are

The UK's ambassador to the US said British intelligence agencies are "close" to identifying the man who beheaded American journalist James Foley

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Boris Johnson has said he wants the reportedly English jihadist who beheaded an American journalist to be killed in a bomb attack and has joined the growing calls for Britons fighting abroad to be stripped of their citizenship.

The Mayor of London said Britain must take on Islamic State (IS) and "try to close it down now", warning that doing nothing would mean a "tide of terror will eventually lap at our own front door".

Mr Johnson, who has overall responsibility for the Metropolitan Police, called for new laws that would mean anyone visiting Iraq and Syria would be automatically presumed to be terrorists unless they had notified the authorities in advance.

British intelligence agencies are close to identifying the IS (formerly ISIL) brutal killer who has been dubbed "jihadi John".

Writing in his Daily Telegraph column, Mr Johnson said: " Young men such as this killer are famously told that if they die in 'battle' they will be welcomed in heaven by the sexual ministrations of 72 virgins.

"Many of them believe it - even though scholars have suggested that the reference to 'black-eyed virgins' is in fact a promise of 72 raisins. I suspect most of us don't give a monkey's what happens to this prat in heaven, whether he meets virgins or raisins - we just want someone to come along with a bunker buster and effect an introduction as fast as possible."

Former shadow home secretary David Davis has called for IS fighters to lose their British citizenship and Lord Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury, said they must face being stripped of their passports.

Mr Johnson said those who "continue to give allegiance to a terrorist state" should lose their British status citizenship and called for swift changes to the law so there is a "rebuttable presumption" that those visiting war areas without notifying the authorities have done so for a terrorist purpose.

The mayor said that while Britain's recent military interventions have left the nation reluctant to wade into overseas conflicts " doing nothing is surely the worst of all" and warned that the IS "wackos" must be tackled.

" What is the point of having a defence budget, if we don't at least try to prevent the establishment of a terrorist 'caliphate' that is profoundly hostile to civilised values?"

Britain's ambassador to the United States Sir Peter Westmacott confirmed that intelligence agencies are on the brink of identifying the IS terrorist.

He told CNN's State of the Union programme: " I do know from my colleagues at home that we are close.

" We're putting a lot into it. And there are some very sophisticated technologies, voice identification and so on, which people can use to check who these people are. But, of course, the problem goes beyond one horrendous criminal, if you like."

Foreign Office and Home Office officials refused to comment on the claims.

"We do not comment on security matters," a Foreign Office spokesman said.

Downing Street said the Government was "stepping up" efforts to defeat IS terrorists and announced that Lieutenant General Sir Simon Mayall has been appointed as security envoy to the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

Body armour, night vision goggles and other non-lethal equipment will be supplied to Kurdish forces over the next few days.

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3:24am Sun 24 Aug 14

Rita Jelfs says...

A few countries are thinking along these lines. Perhaps Israelis who are also dual citizens of other countries, and then go back to Israel to work for their security services could also be included in this.
A few countries are thinking along these lines. Perhaps Israelis who are also dual citizens of other countries, and then go back to Israel to work for their security services could also be included in this. Rita Jelfs
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2:18pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Shropshirelad says...

Yes, a very good point Rita. Many Israeli supporters in this country are in fact reserve members of their armed forces. They will already have travelled to Israel on possibly a number of occasions and been involved in some terrible attacks on Palestinians. Any Israeli supporter who leaves this country to fight for Israeli MUST be included but knowing that Cameron and Osborne are in the pockets of the Israelis, they will probably join them if they can get a few weeks break fropm the Commons.
Yes, a very good point Rita. Many Israeli supporters in this country are in fact reserve members of their armed forces. They will already have travelled to Israel on possibly a number of occasions and been involved in some terrible attacks on Palestinians. Any Israeli supporter who leaves this country to fight for Israeli MUST be included but knowing that Cameron and Osborne are in the pockets of the Israelis, they will probably join them if they can get a few weeks break fropm the Commons. Shropshirelad
  • Score: -6

2:48pm Sun 24 Aug 14

BIGTONE says...

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told the newspaper the killing was "an utter betrayal" of everything Britain stands for.


They don't stand for me. Let them proclaim to be British. I'm English.
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told the newspaper the killing was "an utter betrayal" of everything Britain stands for. They don't stand for me. Let them proclaim to be British. I'm English. BIGTONE
  • Score: 3

6:18pm Sun 24 Aug 14

welshmen says...

Rita Jelfs and Shropshirelass:

Whey don't you two go and join your Terrorist Gaza Government against the Jews, perhaps they'll let you put the sacks over the heads of those Palestinians accused of being Israeli collaborators before they execute them with out a trial, they executed thirty, three weeks ago and eighteen last week, they are now looking for areas where there's no CCTV, because Hamas are fed up with the news media reporting them doing this....AND yet again for the 12th time the cowards Hamas who hide in Schools, Hospitals and residential areas firing there Iranian Rockets, killed a few Palestinians two days ago when the Rockets fell short of there intended target an Israeli kindergarten... BIGTONE your English, then your British, sorry but that's how it is....
Rita Jelfs and Shropshirelass: Whey don't you two go and join your Terrorist Gaza Government against the Jews, perhaps they'll let you put the sacks over the heads of those Palestinians accused of being Israeli collaborators before they execute them with out a trial, they executed thirty, three weeks ago and eighteen last week, they are now looking for areas where there's no CCTV, because Hamas are fed up with the news media reporting them doing this....AND yet again for the 12th time the cowards Hamas who hide in Schools, Hospitals and residential areas firing there Iranian Rockets, killed a few Palestinians two days ago when the Rockets fell short of there intended target an Israeli kindergarten... BIGTONE your English, then your British, sorry but that's how it is.... welshmen
  • Score: 3

12:30am Mon 25 Aug 14

pun-jabi says...

Well said Welshmen.......Those palestinians just love a dead or injured child don't they to parade for the cameras? Boris knows his or any gov wouldn't have the bottle to strip their little muslim friends of their passports.....hand them over to the yanks I say.
Well said Welshmen.......Those palestinians just love a dead or injured child don't they to parade for the cameras? Boris knows his or any gov wouldn't have the bottle to strip their little muslim friends of their passports.....hand them over to the yanks I say. pun-jabi
  • Score: 3

10:43am Mon 25 Aug 14

Foxtrotoska says...

Any British person found fighting and murdering in the name of Islam. should be stripped of his nationality and deported to a Muslim country along with all his Muslim family residing in the UK.Who have obviously colluded with them. Also the Death penalty should be re -instated for those found to be guilty of such crimes. they obviously hold the British way of life in utter contempt.let them rot in some eastern country. Its time we stopped being the laughing stock the world and looked towards our own people. if the immigrants and asylum seekers here dont like our way of life strip them of the nationality we have granted them with and kick them out. ( permanent!!)
Any British person found fighting and murdering in the name of Islam. should be stripped of his nationality and deported to a Muslim country along with all his Muslim family residing in the UK.Who have obviously colluded with them. Also the Death penalty should be re -instated for those found to be guilty of such crimes. they obviously hold the British way of life in utter contempt.let them rot in some eastern country. Its time we stopped being the laughing stock the world and looked towards our own people. if the immigrants and asylum seekers here dont like our way of life strip them of the nationality we have granted them with and kick them out. ( permanent!!) Foxtrotoska
  • Score: 5

12:16pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Shropshirelad says...

Welshmen, your comments are to juvenile for a proper response. The Israelis have had one , I REPEAT, ONE young child killed. They have killed almost 500 Palestinian children. What is your stupid answer to that. No child should be killed but you tell the Israelis to get out of all the Palestinian lands that they occupy. No more children will be killed then, I blame the Israelis for the carnage. If all of UKIP are like you then I can understand why it attracts ex BNP, EDL and the National Front, I had better reconsider my position in the party.
Welshmen, your comments are to juvenile for a proper response. The Israelis have had one , I REPEAT, ONE young child killed. They have killed almost 500 Palestinian children. What is your stupid answer to that. No child should be killed but you tell the Israelis to get out of all the Palestinian lands that they occupy. No more children will be killed then, I blame the Israelis for the carnage. If all of UKIP are like you then I can understand why it attracts ex BNP, EDL and the National Front, I had better reconsider my position in the party. Shropshirelad
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12:43pm Mon 25 Aug 14

welshmen says...

Shropshirelass:
Your the Nazi racist and bigot, listen to your self, you really believe Hamas a Terrorist organisation is human, although the deaths are very bad for anyone that loses a loved one and as we know children are the worst to accept, to STOP all this Hamas has to STOP firing rockets at Israel, Hamas wont defeat Israel by War, peace talks are the only way to sort out the problem, not war, the count of the dead are not who wins or loses, you think that anyone with a different opinion to you is either BNP, NF, UKIP or a member of the EDL, Why?, I and Millions of fellow British people will be voting for UKIP this next election, my vote is to get out of the EU ASAP, then remove illegal immigrants from our Country and give the young a chance of a job, nothing to do with Gaza, I hope at the Israeli outcome is for Palestine to be Arms free and Hamas defeated, because Hamas is ISSI and ISSI is Hamas, the whole democratic world need to join as one and wipe out Islamist who wage war against us....ASAP....
Shropshirelass: Your the Nazi racist and bigot, listen to your self, you really believe Hamas a Terrorist organisation is human, although the deaths are very bad for anyone that loses a loved one and as we know children are the worst to accept, to STOP all this Hamas has to STOP firing rockets at Israel, Hamas wont defeat Israel by War, peace talks are the only way to sort out the problem, not war, the count of the dead are not who wins or loses, you think that anyone with a different opinion to you is either BNP, NF, UKIP or a member of the EDL, Why?, I and Millions of fellow British people will be voting for UKIP this next election, my vote is to get out of the EU ASAP, then remove illegal immigrants from our Country and give the young a chance of a job, nothing to do with Gaza, I hope at the Israeli outcome is for Palestine to be Arms free and Hamas defeated, because Hamas is ISSI and ISSI is Hamas, the whole democratic world need to join as one and wipe out Islamist who wage war against us....ASAP.... welshmen
  • Score: 4

2:33pm Mon 25 Aug 14

duckface08 says...

The biggest terrorist in our midst is TONY BLAIR it is the result of his actions in the middle east that we see today, yet he is still accepted in society as he carries on making millions. He laughs all the way to the bank while we have to live with his legacy.
The biggest terrorist in our midst is TONY BLAIR it is the result of his actions in the middle east that we see today, yet he is still accepted in society as he carries on making millions. He laughs all the way to the bank while we have to live with his legacy. duckface08
  • Score: 2

4:36pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Foxtrotoska says...

Your so right Duckface08. A while back my son and I stayed at the Victory club near Marble Arch. Just round the corner from where he was buying one of his Town Houses.After we had had a few Pints at one of the Local Pubs and was walking back passed the House .We stopped and had a contest to see who could **** the highest up the front door.My only regret was that Tony Blaire wasnt standing on the doorstep at the time..The smug **** wants handing over to the I.S. and maybe we could see himm being Be-Headed.
Your so right Duckface08. A while back my son and I stayed at the Victory club near Marble Arch. Just round the corner from where he was buying one of his Town Houses.After we had had a few Pints at one of the Local Pubs and was walking back passed the House .We stopped and had a contest to see who could **** the highest up the front door.My only regret was that Tony Blaire wasnt standing on the doorstep at the time..The smug **** wants handing over to the I.S. and maybe we could see himm being Be-Headed. Foxtrotoska
  • Score: 1

5:02pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Counterview says...

Not often I totally agree with Boris.
Not often I totally agree with Boris. Counterview
  • Score: 1

7:10pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Counterview says...

duckface08 wrote:
The biggest terrorist in our midst is TONY BLAIR it is the result of his actions in the middle east that we see today, yet he is still accepted in society as he carries on making millions. He laughs all the way to the bank while we have to live with his legacy.
Which society would that be? Not the TUC conference that's for sure.
[quote][p][bold]duckface08[/bold] wrote: The biggest terrorist in our midst is TONY BLAIR it is the result of his actions in the middle east that we see today, yet he is still accepted in society as he carries on making millions. He laughs all the way to the bank while we have to live with his legacy.[/p][/quote]Which society would that be? Not the TUC conference that's for sure. Counterview
  • Score: -1
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