A grisly ISIS video of a British-accented masked militant executing five people accused of being spies for Britain and threatening British Prime Minister David Cameron may be introducing the world to a new Jihadi John.
Though “Jihadi John”, a British Arab revealed to be Mohammed Emwazi, was reportedly killed by a US airstrike in November, a new Islamic radical seems ready to take his place as the English voice of ISIS.
The unauthenticated video is under investigation by UK security agencies, which will use voice analysis and monitoring of social media to try to identify the man on the video and find out if he is a British citizen.
In the 11-minute video, which was released by the media wing of the Islamic State, five men accused of spying for Britain “confess” to crimes against ISIS. The video then cuts to the new “Jihadi John” standing with a gun behind the five hostages, who are wearing in orange jumpsuits and kneeling on the ground.
In British-accented English, the militant speaks into the camera in the style of other ISIS propaganda videos and delivers a “message for David Cameron” in which he calls the British leader “a slave of the White House” and “mule of the Jews”.
He also makes claims that ISIS is preparing an invasion of Britain and that it plans to impose its radical version of Islamic law on the country.
Referring to recent British airstrikes against ISIS in Syria, the militant threatens, “Only an imbecile would dare to wage war against a land where the law of Allah reigns supreme.”
He adds, “The Islamic State, our country, is here to stay. And we will continue to wage jihad, break borders, and one day invade your land, where we will rule by the Shariah.”
The militant then executes the five kneeling “spies” by shooting them to death. At the end of the video, a young boy, probably around six or seven years of age, appears on screen, also speaking English with a British accent. “We are going to go kill the kafir [non-believers] over there,” he tells the camera.
BBC Middle East editor Alan Johnston said of the new “Jihadi John” that he seems poised to “become the new masked face of the Islamic State, at least for British viewers.”