CBS: New Jihadi John Unmasked — A Hindu Who Converted to Islam
"New Jihadi John" identified in latest ISIS video? (CBS News)
There's been no official confirmation yet, but various sources have told both CBS News and the British media that a masked man in the latest ISIS propaganda video is suspected to be Siddartha Dhar. He is being called the new "Jihadi John" by the British media.
Dhar is from London, and was raised a Hindu but converted to Islam as a young man, reports CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer. He eventually joined a banned radical Islamic group, Al Muhajiroun, led by extremist Anjem Choudary.
In 2014 he was arrested with Choudhary on suspicion of encouraging terrorism, but released for lack of evidence. He immediately made a break for Syria and joined ISIS, tweeting, "What a shoddy security system Britain must have to allow me to breeze through Europe to the Islamic State."