Jihadi John – the reluctant executioner

Islamic State’s executioner-in-chief was finally unmasked yesterday as Mohammed Emwazi; hitherto known only by the moniker “Jihadi John”, he was revealed to be a Kuwaiti born British citizen in his mid-20s from west London. Details are far from complete and will no doubt be filled-in over the coming weeks but what we do know is…

A Syrian in Beirut

Muhammad is in his late 20s and originally from Damascus. Before he fled he was a mobile phone vendor. He hails from the majority Sunni community. What follows are his recollections and commentary on the revolution (paraphrased). Back in the first half of 2011, in the wake of the other Arab spring uprisings, people hesitantly…