Who is the new British ISIS executioner “John II”?

Ridha, aged 36, has been described as “John II”, in reference to the man who cut off the heads of five Westerner men. (Screengrab)

Mohammad Ridha Alhak, the ex-bodyguard of British religious hardliner Anjam Chaudhry, appeared last week, in a horrific ISIS video as he slayed and butchered a number of people for ISIS.

Ridha, aged 36, has been described as “John II”, in reference to the man who cut off the heads of five Westerner men in one of the propaganda tapes of ISIS.

Ridha, who has been working as a bodyguard for Chaudhry since 2011, appeared in the video wearing black from head to toe and holding a shear knife to kill one of the prisoners, in the background of the desert sand.

Mohammad Ridha was using the same killing technique of, “Jihadi John,” a pseudonym for Mohammed Jassim Amoizi who was killed as a slave in 2015 at the age of 27 years.

The road to Syria

In 2014, Ridha traveled to Syria despite being under surveillance and ranked as an extremist. He has traveled first to Cyprus then Istanbul, before traveling overland to Syria through the borders with Turkey.

Once in Syria, he encouraged others to leave Britain and join ISIS.

Analysis of the video

According to the “Daily Mail”, the video seems to be a message of defiance from ISIS to the Iraqi army, which fights in Mosul, Iraq, as well as Kurdish forces, which has tightened the noose on one of the strongholds of ISIS in Syria.

Like all other previous tapes, the video includes imaging Hollywood techniques, with sound effects, to inspire terror.

It is believed that this is the second tape of Ridha Alhak. He was identified, in January, as one of the five masked extremists, who executed five people on the account of being spies.

They died with a head shot in the back of the skull in the Syrian Desert.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49
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