UK: Islamic State’s poster boy executioner, British ‘Jihadi Sid’ aka Siddhartha Dhar, has been killed alongside his wife and five children in a drone strike in Syria last year, officials familiar with the Syrian war say.
Dhar, 35, became Islamic State’s poster boy after a U.S. drone strike vaporised another Brit, Mohammed Emwazi, dubbed Jihadi John.
Ten minutes of sickening footage released by Islamic State in January 2016 showed Dhar leading the execution of five shackled men accused of being spies for the UK.
He was seen threatening then Prime Minister David Cameron, branding him an “imbecile”, before coldly shooting a terrified prisoner in the back of the head.
Born in a Bengali Hindu family in Britain, Siddhartha Dhar converted to Islam at the age of 19 and came to be known as Abu Rumaysah. By some accounts, he ‘changed’ as a teenager, after his father’s death, when he started shunning television and began sleeping on the floor. Other reports say it was because he wanted to marry Aisha. What’s undisputed, however, is the radicalisation that followed.