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Abdel Majed Abdel Bary behead: British rapper targeted in gruesome murder case

Abdel Majed Abdel Bary is a London rapper who is the son of immigrants and now the prime suspect in the murder of American journalist James Foley, according to British news media. While MI5 and MI6 (Britain's two major intelligence agencies) have refused to provide the name of the executor, the British newspaper said that Abdel Majed Abdel Bary is considered a "key suspect." Bary, 23, until last year lived in his family home in London and recently tweeted a picture of him holding a severed human head. The NY Daily News said in its report on Monday that Bary is also suspected to be the leader of the jihadist group known as 'The Beatles', responsible for guarding hostages of the Islamic State.

Now Obama must decide whether Foley's murder, as well as the broader threat the radicals could pose to U.S. interests, should change his position on initiating U.S. military involvement.
Now Obama must decide whether Foley's murder, as well as the broader threat the radicals could pose to U.S. interests, should change his position on initiating U.S. military involvement.
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Foley had been kept for nearly two years in captivity, subjected to the brutality of militant radicals of the black flag of Islam. According to Mail Online, Mr Foley had been singled out for beatings after his captors found pictures on his computer of his brother, who works for the US Air Force. Reportedly, he was also subjected to mock executions, including one in which he was ‘crucified against a wall’.

Abdel Majed Abdel Bary aka 'John Jihadist', as he is known in the militia of EI, strictly enforced the practice of finding new Jihad recruits in Europe. According to several experts, the new recruits are described as being lost and without direction, those without capacity to filter good messages and bad. That's when extremists show them the path of radicalization and become one with promises of heroism and leadership.

Abdel Majed Abdel Bary is the son of an alleged Al Qaeda leader who was granted the position of lieutenant after Osama Bin Laden died. Ex-ISIS hostages have said that he has the nickname “John the Beatle” because of his British accent. Some analysts have said the masked man who performed the beheading in the Foley video had a British accent.

Since Foley's horrific murder, there has been a heated debate whether to change the U.S. government's ransom policy as it relates to American captives. As a rule, the U.S. does not pay ransom to terrorist groups. Now Obama must decide whether Foley's murder, as well as the broader threat the radicals could pose to U.S. interests, should change his position on initiating U.S. military involvement.