ISIS Leaflets Distributed on Oxford Street London
“This is a very disturbing development but one that should not come as a surprise since we are aware that around 500 British nationals have joined up with ISIS already.”
– Ghaffar Hussain, Quilliam Foundation
Radical students hand out Isis leaflets on Oxford Street in attempt to get British Muslims to join jihad
From: the London Evening Standard
By: David Churchill, August 13, 2014
Police were today probing leaflets handed out in the West End by radical students encouraging British Muslims to join the Islamic State (Isis).
Dozens of the leaflets were circulated on Oxford Street last night saying it is the responsibility of Muslims to pledge allegiance to the “Khaleef” – a reference to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-appointed leader of extremists waging a murderous campaign across northern Iraq.
Images of the group were posted on Twitter by users angered by the claims, including one British Muslim who claimed she had been “racially abused” after challenging the group.
The men, from Luton, are former students of banned cleric Omar Bakri and firebrand preacher Anjem Choudary.Scotland Yard today confirmed it was assessing whether the contents of the leaflets is in breach of anti-terrorism laws.
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: Mr. Hussain is quite correct in noting that this should not come as a surprise yet Britain continues to have an overall “head in the sand” policy as we noted in an article last year. The west needs to stop ignoring the 800 lb gorilla sitting on the ottoman across the room.