1. The 'New Jihadi John'
In January 2016, an IS video appeared showing a masked man mocking the then British Prime Minister David Cameron dismissing the impact of the RAF air strikes. It ended with him executing five prisoners accused of spying on the terror outfit. Authorities have now confirmed the masked executioner to be Abu Rumaysah.
He is believed to have become a senior commander of the IS forces, replacing IS executioner Mohammad Emwazi (or ‘Jihadi John’ as he was called because of his British accent) after he was killed in a drone strike in November 2015. His death was confirmed by an IS propaganda magazine in January 2016, around the same time that Abu Rumayasah began appearing in the terror organisation’s videos. This is also the reason he’s being called ‘New Jihadi John’.
Abu Rumaysah also played a key role in the Islamic state’s Yazidi sex trade. Nihad Barakat, who was trafficked at the age of 15 managed to escape two years later and revealed the role played by ‘Abu Dhar’ based in Mosul.
“When I was captured near Kirkuk, they took me to another leader from Mosul. His name was Abu Dhar (Abu Rumaysah or Siddhartha Dhar). He also took Yazidi girls for himself. Every day he would tell me that I had to marry another man. They raped us, they killed our men, they took our babies away from us. The worst thing was the torture in Mosul. We were beaten and raped continuously for two weeks. Girls were taken from their families and raped constantly and then they were handed out to ‘emirs’,” she told Independent.
On 23 January 2018, the US State Department placed Siddhartha Dhar alias Abu Rumaysah on the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT) and imposed sanctions on them.
By this action, the US public and the international community stands notified that he has committed or poses a significant risk of committing terrorist acts. It also includes denying the designated terrorists access to the US financial system.