British Imam Convicted Of Recruiting For ISIS
The radical hate preacher, convicted of aiding the Islamic State, has plenty of prominent ISIS supporters linked to his Twitter account. Most of them are now dead or in jail
One of Britain’s most notorious hate preachers has been convicted of aiding ISIS.
Anjem Choudary, an influential Islamist cleric, now faces up to 10 years behind bars, marking an end to one of the most high-profile cases in Europe involving a supporter of the terror group. The cleric was convicted in July, but a court-imposed gag order prevented reporters from publishing the story until Tuesday
Infamous for his radical views on Islam and apparent ties to extremists dating back more than a decade, British authorities alleged that he became a key figure in ISIS’ recruiting drive in Britain, using Twitter, YouTube, and other social media to recruit and radicalize.
The cleric’s ties to the jihadist group came under scrutiny in 2014 after he pledged allegiance to ISIS and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi online, authorities said. Eventually, he was arrested and charged.
Citing security sources, SkyNews reported that Choudary was linked to up to 500 British jihadis who left to join the Sunni militants in Syria and Iraq.
A Vocativ analysis found that accounts linked to at least eight prominent ISIS fighters, recruiters, and supporters in the U.S. and Canada followed Choudary on Twitter. Among them:
Aaron Driver: The 24-year-old Canadian was an avowed ISIS supporter. He was killed during a confrontation with authorities last week after being suspected of plotting a suicide attack in Ontario.
Nader Elhuzayel: The California man was convicted in June for plotting to join the Islamic State in Syria.
Ali Shukri Amin: A Virginia teen, Amin was sentenced to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty of conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
Farah Shirdon: A Canadian who left to join the Islamic State in Syria in March 2014, Shirdon was later charged in absentia for a host of terrorism-related offenses.
Neil Prakash: An ISIS recruiter from Australia, Prakash was killed during an airstrike in Iraq in May.
Raphael Hostey: An ISIS recruiter from Britain, Hostey was killed in Syria in May.
“Mad Mullah”: A prominent ISIS recruiter whose whereabouts are now unknown.
“Skafisti”: An ISIS supporter and scribe, Skafisti is also affiliated with a number of recruiters online.