British Jihadi Killed in Kobane Fighting for ISIS

British jihadi killed in Kobane fighting for ISIS: Londoner, 20, who appeared on Newsnight saying there was ‘no going back’ dies during siege of Syrian border town 

  • British man known as Abu Abdullah al-Habashi killed fighting in Kobane
  • Of Eritrean origin and converted from Christianity to Islam as a teenager
  • Well-known for frequent media appearances, including BBC Newsnight
  • Also appeared in ISIS propaganda video last month, taunting the West
  • Threatened to ‘chop off the heads’ of Western soliders sent to fight ISIS

A 20-year-old Muslim convert from London has been killed fighting for the Islamic State in the besieged Syrian city of Kobane, it has been claimed.

ISIS supporters on social media have been mourning the death of Abu Abdullah al-Habashi, also known by a second nom de guerre of Abu Abdullah al-Britani, who was died fighting in Kobane.

Al-Habashi was of Eritrean origin and converted from Christianity to Islam during his teenage years. He is understood to have travelled from the UK to join the Islamic State in Syria in December 2013.

Al-Habashi was a well known and popular figure in Islamic State due to his media appearances.

In August, he was interviewed on BBC Newsnight, where he admitted that his family had been trying to persuade him to return home but he had insisted there was ‘no going back.’

He confidently says in the interview: ‘They say what all parents would say, ‘come back you’re crazy etc.’ But I’m here for the sake of Allah.’

The British fighter also told Newsnight that he had been fighting with Islamic State in Ramadi, Iraq. He described it as ‘the best fighting and the hardest fighting’ and that ‘US-made weapons was the war booty.’

Last month, the British fighter appeared alongside a German and a French ISIS fighter in the IS video, ‘Wait. We are also waiting.’ 

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Threat: In his video appearance last month, al-Habashi gesticulated wildly as he said 'We will chop off the heads of the Americans, chop off the heads of the French, chop off the heads of whoever you may bring'

Abu Abdullah describes the West as being full of ‘puppets and apostates’.

He declares: ‘We are waiting for you in Dabiq. We are waiting for you in Iraq so bring your coalition of unbelievers because unbelievers will not help you. We will take their weaponry as booty and these people will die.’

The British jihadist vows that all Islamic State fighters ‘are willing to lay down our blood on this soil. So try. Try to come and we will kill every single soldier.’

‘We will chop off the heads of the Americans. We will chop off the heads of the French, chop of the heads of whoever you may bring.’

He even promised that the black flag of the Islamic State will ‘eventually be on the White House.’ 

Al-Habashi also appeared in another IS video, entitled ‘Eid Greetings from the Land of the Khilafah.’ 

The video, released in August, featured the British fighter alongside fighters from Finland and America.

In the video, the Londoner glorifies life under the Islamic State: ‘I don’t think there is anything better than living in land of the Khilafah.’

‘You know the rights and you are not living under oppression. You are not living under rule. You are not living under the kufr [non-believer]. You are living by the Koran and by the Su’rah.

‘As Muslims, that’s what we want and that’s what we need. We don’t need any democracy, we don’t need any communism, we don’t need anything like that. All we need is Sharia.

Sick: Abu Abdullah al-Habashi made headlines in August when he posed next to a decapitated Syrian soldier

Abu Abdullah al-Habashi also made headlines for a photo showing him posing next to a decapitated Syrian soldier. 

The photo shows al-Habashi proudly smiling next to the victim, who was tied up and beheaded.