Mosque Opened by Prince Charles Radicalized ISIS Members…
When it was unveiled by Prince Charles four months before the 9/11 attacks , the Al Manaar mosque proudly opened its doors to the outside world.
Smiling as he was shown around the prayer hall in the new Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, as it was then known, the Prince praised the modern building in west London.
Now, 15 years on, the same mosque has emerged as the focal point of a network ofIslamic State extremists which included Mohammed Emwazi - AKA Jihadi John - and two other men, together known as “the Beatles” by the captives they tortured in Syria.
At least nine jihadis, including Emwazi and the failed 21/7 bombers, were radicalised here, in the area better known for the annual Notting Hill Carnival and Portobello Road market.
Ladbroke Grove is fast becoming known as a breeding ground for ISIS killers, just like other notorious terror hotspots such as Dewsbury, where the 7/7 suicide bombers came from, and Luton, Beds.
Worshippers visiting the mosque for afternoon prayers were saying nothing about the terrorists who congregated in this tucked-away spot beneath the Westway A40 flyover.
Volunteers in the mosque office also refused to comment on the jihadist links.
The Al Manaar Mosque is also trying to distance itself from the jihadists.
On Sunday its director Saleha Islam said: “Mosques are not like Churches that cater for parishioners, instead it is a place for worship where people come to pray, what sort of ideas they have in their minds is something that we do not know of and we cannot control.”
In a statement on the mosque’s website added: “We are aware that certain people have joined ISIS who live in the area of Ladbroke Grove, we have always condemned the actions of these extremists and will continue to do so.”
Yet security experts believe the Al Manaar centre, a short walk from David Cameron’s multi-million pound family home, has long been a hub for young British Muslims subsequently involved in the Syrian war.
The mosque is now being watched as closely as the notorious Finsbury Park mosque in north London when hook-handed cleric Abu Hamza was recruiting terrorists there.
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It is believed the purpose-built mosque was where Emwazi got to know Allexanda Kotey, a Queens Park Rangers fan.
Kotey, identified as the man likely to be “Ringo”, allegedly talked openly of suicide bombing from a stall in the quiet street outside the mosque.
The suspected third “Beatle”, Aine Davis, the son of a dinner lady, is originally from nearby Hammersmith and met his wife at another local mosque before fleeing to Yemen.
All three members of the all-British cell had formed a close bond in London, long before their reign of terror began in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa.
Emwazi was the first of the group to be unmasked after he appeared in a string of gruesome ISIS videos beheading hostages including Britons David Haines and Alan Henning .
The masked executioner, who became a notorious figurehead for jihadists worldwide, was killed in a US drone missile strike in Raqqa last November.
This week Kotey and Davis were revealed to also be part of the “Beatles” cell, which gained a reputation as the cruellest of all the IS guards, keeping their hostages in a state of permanent fear.
Their torture techniques were said to include electric shocks, waterboarding, and mock executions - including a staged crucifixion.
They have beheaded at least seven British, American, and Japanese hostages and 18 members of the Syrian army.
A Danish hostage, Daniel Rye, who was released in June 2014, recalled in a book published last year how “Ringo” kicked him 25 times in his ribs on his 25th birthday, telling him it was a gift.
In his chilling book, Rye wrote that “George” dominated the group of jailers and was the most violent and unpredictable.
Rye also described being taken to an open grave where a suspected spy was shot by Emwazi on “George”’s instructions. The sickening scene was filmed by “Ringo”.
Rye said the British terrorists forced him and other hostages to climb into the grave, where they were photographed.
In online social media posts “Ringo” has stated online that he is “as British as they come” adding he was “born and raised in Shepherd’s Bush, was a big QPR fan, love a good old fry up in the mornings”.
Kotey was identified by ITN News after it emerged that he also went by the name Big Sid in Syria, thought to come from his Islamic name Sidique.
The fourth unidentified “Beatle” is now strongly suspected to also be from West London.
One suspect is former rapper Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, better known as the “hip-hop jihadist”.
Before he set off to Syria, he too was said to be seen regularly praying at Al Manaar.
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Bary, 25, was last pictured on Twitter holding a severed head in Syria above the caption “Chillin’ with my other homie, or what’s left of him”.
For a long time he was thought to be Jidahi John until Emwazi was unmasked.
Bary, who had tracks played on BBC radio during his rapping days, once tweeted a picture of the Al Manaar’s mosque.
Writing under the Twitter handle Abu Klashnikov, which has now been deleted, he said of the building near Ladbroke Grove, “aah grove mosque miss dat, ramadan times subhanalla [God is glorious]”.
His father, Adel Bari, was arrested when he was only six years old.
Both Emwazi and Kotey have been connected to the “London Boys”, a network of extremists who exchanged essays on radical Islam while playing five-a-side football.
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The four London Boys, also from Ladbroke Grove, were arrested in Kenya in 2006 while allegedly fighting jihad for al-Shabaab in Somalia.
They were reportedly picked up by British SAS soldiers and then flown home at Foreign Office expense, causing an outcry at the time.
All four later denied accusations of being involved in terrorism.
Another Al Manaar worshipper was local boy Hamza Parvez, later known as Abu Hamza al-Britani.
Parvez previously worked at the Ibis hotel in Shepherd’s Bush and left his family without warning to join ISIS.
He is said to have seen combat in Syria.
His best friend Mohammed Nasser, a former firefighter who travelled to Syria with Parvez, is also thought to have attended the mosque.
Nasser died in 2014 when he was hit by a piece of shrapnel between the eyes.
Kotey, who was born Christian but converted to Islam, has been described as a key IS recruiter in west London.
He is thought to have helped radicalise brothers Flamur and Fatlam Shakalu.
Fatlam, 20, known as Abu Musa al-Britani, became a suicide bomber who blew himself up last May in Ramadim.
Flamur, 23, was killed fighting in March.
Engineering student Mohammed el-Araj, 23, who died in Syria in 2013, was also thought to be part of Kotey’s circle of recruits.
Fearful of retribution, none of the worshippers at the mosque wanted to be identified.
Sadly the horrific actions of the terrorists who used to meet here have already done enough damage to Al Manaar’s reputation.