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IS's Dhar on US global terror list

Siddhartha Dhar, a 34-year-old from a Bengali Hindu family in London who fled to Syria and joined the Islamic State, has been placed on a global terrorism list by the US government.

By Amit Roy in London
  • Published 25.01.18
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Siddhartha Dhar

London: Siddhartha Dhar, a 34-year-old from a Bengali Hindu family in London who fled to Syria and joined the Islamic State, has been placed on a global terrorism list by the US government.

This gives the Americans - and the British - the legal green light to freeze his assets, take away his property and impose a number of sanctions against him, including the ultimate authority to have him surgically targeted in a drone strike.

While his devout mother Sobita continues to involve herself in puja in London and his sister Konika expresses hope that her UK-born brother is not beyond redemption, there now appears no way back for Siddhartha - or Abu Rumaysah as he styles himself as one of the IS's top executioners.

The group's senior executioner, Mohammed Emwazi, who was given the nickname "Jihadi John", has been replaced by Siddhartha, who has been nicknamed "Jihadi Sid" by some tabloids. "Dhar is believed to be the masked leader who appeared in a January 2016 IS video of the execution of several prisoners...," the US state department said.