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Jihadi Jack who fled UK for Syria not 'currently' fighting for IS

Published 25/07/2016

John Letts and Sally Lane, the parents of Muslim convert
John Letts and Sally Lane, the parents of Muslim convert "Jihadi Jack"

The man nicknamed Jihadi Jack who fled Oxford to "search for truth" in Syria has said he misses Krispy Kreme doughnuts and kebabs.

Jack Letts converted to Islam and travelled to Syria two years ago, but he said he disagrees with so-called Islamic State (IS) and is not "currently" fighting for them.

The 20-year-old revealed he does not regret the move and has no plans to return to England, in a Channel 4 News interview peppered with Arabic.

Letts said: "I came here searching for the truth, and people of the truth, and I don't regret that I came.

"I searched for the people of truth, and I found a lot of them here. I found people that act on what they learn and teach, and benefited a lot from them, Alhamdulillah (praise be to God)."

When asked if he is an IS fighter, he said: "Currently I'm not," and added: "I'm not and nor do I agree with lot of what they follow."

In a separate online statement in Arabic, which he said should be remembered as his final words if he is killed, he wrote: "I oppose so-called Islamic State, but that doesn't mean I am with you, the dirty non-Muslims."

Asked if he is a terrorist, he said: "Do you mean by the English Government's definition, that anyone that opposes a non-Islamic system and man-made laws, then, of course, by that definition, I suppose they'd say I'm a terrorist..."

He said he does not think he would be welcome if he returned to Britain, but that he misses the "small things" - specifically doughnuts and kebabs.

He also called on his parents John Letts and Sally Lane, who will stand trial in January accused of trying to send their son hundreds of pounds, to convert to Islam.

In another online statement, he said he "hated" his parents "for the sake of Allaah" because they are non-believers.

He added: "They reject the religion of truth, so I reject them. I hate the Kuffaar (non-believers), and am free from them. Die in your rage."

Despite a near-miss when he said he narrowly survived an air strike with just a "scratch", the Briton said he is not afraid of death: "I'm not worried. Everyone is going to die on their day. Whether it's by a drone strike. A Muslim understands that his life is between the hands of Allaah.

"So if they want to bomb me, they'll bomb me."

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