The US State Department said, “Siddhartha Dhar is considered to have replaced the dreaded group’s executioner Mohammad Emwazi alias Jihadi John.”
Dhar, a British Hindu converted to Islam and now goes by the name Abu Ramaysah. US suspects the masked leader who appeared in a January 2016 ISIS video of execution of several prisoners who were accused of spying for the UK by the terrorist group to be him.
US State Department says, “Dhar now identifies himself as the New Jihadi John.”
Dhar had skipped police bail in United Kingdom to travel to Syria along with his wife and children in 2014. He was a senior member of now-defunct terrorist organisation Al-Muhajiroun. in late 2014, prior leaving UK.
A Yazidi teenager Nihad Barakat, held as sex slave by the ISIS, had told media in May 2016 that she was abducted and trafficked by Dhar, who was then based in Mosul.
Dhar’s London-based sister Konika in 2016 told UK Parliament's Home Affairs Committee, “I shocked. I am going to kill him myself if he is Jihadi John.”
The US has also designated a Belgian-Moroccan citizen, Abdelatif Gaini, as a global terrorist along with Dhar.
US believes Gaini to be fighting for ISIS in the Middle East and is connected to UK-based ISIS sympathisers Mohamad Ali Ahmed and Humza Ali, who were convicted in the UK in 2016 of terrorism offenses.