This guy’s forehead has “SAS sniper” written all over it.
Four British Islamist extremists are being trained to fight in Syria at a camp run by radical Islamist preacher Omar Bakri in northern Lebanon, Britain’s The Sun newspaper reported on Sunday.
Bakri boasted of his “military-style courses for Islamic fanatics on the lawless border with Lebanon,” The Sun said.
In an interview with the newspaper, Bakri revealed one recruit was a computer programmer in his 20s from London, while another was a Midlands-based IT worker.
And he claimed: “Others like them will follow.”
“Of the four, two of them have Syrian connections. But they are all born in UK and have professional backgrounds,” Bakri added.
“After their training they will do their duty of jihad (holy war) in Syria and maybe Palestine.”
Bakri, 52, came to Britain in 1986 and stayed until 2005, during which time he praised the 9/11 attacks.
The Syrian-born cleric claimed to have trained “many fighters” from other countries, including Germany and France, since setting up home in Lebanon.
He boasted of exploiting the clashes between Israel and Gaza to focus on “military activities.”
He added: “I’m involved with training the mujahideen (fighters) in camps on the Syrian borders and also on the Palestine side.”
The Islamist militant leader was instrumental in developing Hizb ut-Tahrir in the United Kingdom before leaving the group and heading another Islamist organization, al-Muhajiroun, until its disbandment in 2004.