“Couple rappers turned Drake, the rest turned Milli
Others Rick Ross, fuck it, I just burn phillies
I’m still the same Jinny, still the same Jin-NAY
Lonelier, but wiser, with a bit of rage in me” – L Jinny “Overdose”
|Mohammed Emwazi AKA Jihadi John|
Two British nationals tied to the Islamic State are on the run from the terror organization, according to security analysts.
“Jihadi John,” the notorious executioner, born Mohammed Emwazi, is originally from London.
He became internationally infamous for his gruesome beheading videos, which featured the UK native chopping off his hostages’ heads with a knife.
Before UK intelligence positively identified Jihadi John’s identity, they surmised the man behind the executioner’s mask was former rapper Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary aka “L Jinny.”
L Jinny and Jihadist John were born in the same area of London but did not know each other. L Jinny’s dad was a close associate of Osama Bin-Laden. Earlier this year, his father was sentenced to 25 years in an American prison for his suspected part in the 1998 United States embassy attacks in Kenya and Tanzania.
As a rapper, L Jinny was striving to crack the Hip-Hop scene with songs like “You Know What It Is” and “My Words” before quitting rap to join ISIS in 2013.
“I think that what is different about ISIS, and what distinguishes it from al-Qaeda, is the level of sophistication and organization in terms of how they administer the state,” noted Ricardo Rene Laremont
Professor of Political Science and Sociology, Binghamton University.
“Osama bin Laden never really captured significant amounts of territory or had a bureaucracy, whereas here we’re seeing both the capture of territory and also the establishment of a governmental military bureaucracy that is the equivalent of what you could call a state,” Professor Laremont said.
Now, Jihadi John and L Jinny have reportedly fled ISIS in fear of their lives. Both men are believed to have retreated to Syria or Turkey, where they may have joined lesser-known groups. Both individuals are the subjects of intense manhunts around the globe.
Jihadi John is wanted for carrying out the executions of aid workers Stephen Sotloff, James Foley, David Haines, Alan Henning, Peter Kassig and Kenji Goto.
L Jinny reportedly changed his appearance and disguised himself to escape into Syria. He is wanted for providing material support to ISIS. L Jinny faces execution if he is captured alive. Despite the apprehension or killing of such high-profile targets, ISIS will continue to remain a threat around the world.
“It is quite likely they [ISIS] will remain a formidable force, and probably a more effective army than the Iraqi army, which seems in complete disarray,” said Professor Laremont.