The British Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" was identified Thursday as Mohammed Emwazi by a document in The Washington Post.
The Post reports that Emwazi, who is believed to be responsible for multiple executions of Western hostages, became radicalized after run-ins with British intelligence officials.

But questions remains about whether UK security services inadvertently radicalized Emwazi or basically recognized his potential for radicalization.
"Jihadi John" has appeared masked, but speaking together with his British accent, in ISIS hostage-beheading videos, leading some who knew him before they left for Syria in 2012 to identify him to the newspaper.
A senior British official confirmed his identity to The New York Times.

Emwazi, 27, was reportedly born in Kuwait. They was from a "well-to-do" relatives, lived in London, and was described as polite and classy. They is also educated, with a degree in computer programming, according to the Post.
Emwazi occasionally prayed at a mosque and was known to adhere to his faith while they lived in London, but it wasn't until they planned a post-college graduation safari trip to Tanzania that they began to radicalize, sources said.
They and friends were detained in mid-2009 one time they landing in Dar es Salaam. They were then held overnight and then deported, according to the Post.

Emwazi claimed that a British intelligence officer accused him of trying to travel to Somalia, where the militant group Al Shabab, an ally of Al Qaeda, is based.

Emwazi later returned to his native Kuwait and got a job at a computer company. They landed on the radar of British intelligence officials again in 2010, when they detained him and searched his property the day before they was due to fly back to Kuwait. They was prevented from returning there.
They wrote in an e-mail to Qureshi that they felt "like a prisoner ... a person confined & controlled by security service men, stopping me from living my new life in my birthplace & country, Kuwait."
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 One of Emwazi's friends told the Post that they was "upset & desired to start a life elsewhere" outside of London. "He at some stage reached the point where they was  looking for another way to get out."

Emwazi was also reportedly unable to travel to Saudi Arabia, where they desired to teach English.
Around this time, other signs of his radicalization began to show. When a court in the US sentenced an Al Qaeda operative who killed Americans in Afghanistan, Emwazi reportedly said that they "heard the upsetting news regarding our brother," noting "this ought to only keep us firmer towards fighting for freedom & justice!"
The last contact Qureshi reportedly had with Emwazi was in January 2012.

Qureshi said: "This is a young man who was prepared to exhaust every single kind of avenue within the machinery of the state to bring a change for his personal situation." They said they thought "actions were taken to criminalize [Emwazi] & they had no way to do something against these actions."

Yaroslav Trofimov wrote in The Wall Street Journal on Thursday that the "Islamic State’s ability to lure thousands of Westerners is unprecedented in modern history."
Trofimov explained that plenty of of these "newly baked jihadists" are frustrated with their own countries & have "embraced Islamic State’s genocidal cult because it is the most obvious counterpoint to the West."
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Thomas Hegghammer, director of terrorism research at the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment, told the Journal: "It is fundamentally the same malaise that is also inspiring the far-left activists. Lots of young people have the same idea that the capitalism-centric Western process is not for them, and that another society is being set up."
ISIS, which has claimed gigantic swaths of Iraq and Syria, is trying to build an Islamic state ostensibly ruled by a 7th-century interpretation of sharia law.Thousands of Westerners are thought to have travelled to the Middle East to join Islamist groups.

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