– BRITISH JIHADIST LESLEY DAVIS ARRESTED IN TURKEY
– Aine Lesley Davis, 31, from Hammersmith, London, a suspected British team associate of Mohammed Emwazi, known also as Jihadi John, has been detained in Turkey, Reuters reported on Friday 11/13/2015, citing two senior Turkish officials. The report came just hours after an attempt to kill Emwazi by a UAV missile attack near Raqqa, the Islamic State capitol.
A man thought to be Aine Lesley Davis, one of a group of British Islamists believed to have been assigned to guard foreign prisoners in Syria, was detained in Istanbul, the officials said.
They declined to give further details, saying investigations by the police and intelligence agencies were continuing.
On 12/04/2014 Davis’ wife, Amal El-Wahabi, 27, from Harlesden, north-west London, was sentenced to two years in prison for a plan to send him £16,000 in cash through Turkey.
Aine Lesley Davis’s father worked for John Lewis, his mother is a school dinner lady. But the story of Aine Davis is anything but ordinary.
Aine Lesley Davis was one of 13 children his father had by four different mothers. When he was five (1989), according to testimony given by El-Wahabi during her trial, Davis was sent to Gambia, his father’s apparent birthplace, to live with his grandmother because he was “driving his mother crazy”.
.Aine Lesley Davis returned to the UK when he was eight and again as a teenager, before deciding at the age of 17 to live in London for good. In Britain he became involved in local gangs, adopting the name “Biggz”.
.In June 2004 at Southwark Crown Court, he pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm after he was caught travelling in a taxi with a handgun,alongside another youth. He was sentenced to two years at a young offenders’ institution. At that stage he was working for gangsters running Britain’s biggest “gun factory”, selling a handgun a day to gangs, until it was raided by police. At some stage, he is thought to have converted to Islam and he became increasingly radicalised while in prison.
.In all, between 2002 and 2010, Aine Lesley Davis was convicted on six separate occasions of possessing cannabis and on each occasion given a fine. In 04/2010, police responding to reports of gangs “fighting with weapons”, chased Davis from the scene. As he fled, he threw a large quantity of cannabis from his trousers before being arrested with £680 in his pockets. Aine Lesley Davis was arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs with intent to supply but was only charged with possession following advice from the Crown Prosecution Service and was given a fine after pleading guilty.
Davis worked only sporadically. The Old Bailey trial heard that he had taken a job with London Underground in 2006 and 2007 although Transport for London said it had no record of Aine Davis ever working for the company.
His private life was just as chaotic. He had two children with one woman before marrying El-Wahabi. She grew up in London, the daughter of Moroccan-born parents. She lived at home until she was 19, when she met Davis, three years her senior, at the Aklam Road mosque in west London in 2006. Aine Lesley Davis had by then converted to Islam and was calling himself Hamza.
.When his wife’s home was searched, police found Davis’s iPod containing speeches by Abu Hamza al-Masri and the Al Qaeda preacher Anwar al-Awlaki. On a Kindle were various books by Abdullah Azzam, mentor to Osama Bin Laden.
By 2011 Aine Lesley Davis had embarked on further travels to the Middle East, visiting Saudi Arabia on a pilgrimage, and then Yemen, Egypt and Qatar.
In 07/2013, already a father of two, Davis announced he was off to Turkey en route to Syria. Aine Lesley Davis threatened in text messages and phone calls his wife Amal El-Wahabi to take another wife and she, in desperation to stop him, agreed to travel to join him. That decision and the choice to help smuggle thousands of pounds in cash to him, mean she is now facing a jail term.
Aine Lesley Davis arrest in Turkey and the attempt on Mohammed Emwazi in Raqqa on Thursday 11/12/2015 evening suggest an intelligence breakthrough in the deeds and whereabouts of at least the British Western Jihadists ranks in I.S.I.S .
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