Footage of first British jihadist killed in Syria shows him claiming he had family’s support

Footage has emerged of the first British jihadist to be killed in the Syrian civil war, in which he claims that his family in London supported his decision to join opposition forces fighting troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. He adds: “We can’t accept enemies of Allah… killing us, abusing our religion, belittling it, taking our lands. So the Mujahedeen, those who practice jihad, are those who defend the Muslims.” Filmed over several months the young British jihadi fighter can be seen shooting weapons, going shopping, and joining a key battle for a Syrian army base called Sheik Suleiman in western Aleppo. At one point he’s asked if his mother knows where he is and replies: “I remember I called my mother once. I told her I am going on an operation tomorrow.” She said: ‘Make sure you’re not at the back. Go to the front.’” Laughing, he adds: “I don’t think my mother loves me that much. No I’m joking. She must love me for her to say that.” The Katiba al Muhajireen, now part of a jihadi alliance, is comprised mostly of Chechen and Russian fighters but there are many other recruits from America, Sweden, Britain and across Europe. Members of the militia are shown carrying a black jihadi flag associated with al-Qaida. In the film, Mazwagi is seen preparing to marry a Muslim woman from Sweden and goes to choose a sheep for slaughter for his wedding banquet. Later he is shown on his wedding day celebrating with a group of well-armed jihadists, many in combat fatigues and balaclavas. Mazwagi’s father said after his death that he had no idea about his son’s activities, claiming he thought he had been doing charity work in Syria.