April 20, 2014
A British citizen who fights with the rebels in Syria has released a video tour of the home he shares with fellow fighters in the war-torn country. With security services in the UK growing increasingly concerned about the number of Britons travelling to join extremist groups in Syria, the video offers a unique insight into the daily lives of those who have already made the journey.
Abu Abdullah, thought to be a member of the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), has appeared in a number of similar videos in which he calls for British Muslims to join him in Syria. Whereas much of the output from jihadist organisations has sought to glamorise the life of a rebel fighter, Abu Abdullah’s video appears aimed at presenting a more realistic portrayal of the difficulties they face.
On Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, rebel groups with slick media operations post photographs and videos of their exploits on the battlefield and the video was uploaded by a group calling itself Rayat al Tawheed (Banner of God), which claims to be the English-language media arm of ISIS.