Terror on the seas: Navy officer who trained at top British college joins ISIS
A navy officer who trained in Britain and has extensive knowledge of UK shipping has joined terror group ISIS, it has been reported.
Ali Alosaimi, 28, who was born in Kuwait, is said to be among jihadis named in leaked ISIS documents, which reveal that he lived in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, where he took a three-year Merchant Navy course at South Tyneside College’s Marine School in 2011.
His insider knowledge of shipping – he was just two exams away from getting his marine licence to captain a ship – raises fears that the terror thugs could target vessels as part of their sickening campaign of violence.
Alosaimi’s former housemate in South Shields told the Mail On Sunday that he was radicalised by watching videos of atrocities by the troops loyal to tyrannical President Bashar Assad.
Previously, he was a typical student who enjoyed dancing, dating and smoking.
But then his younger brother Abdullah was reportedly killed while fighting in Syria. His uncle Ali said he changed and stopped contacting his family, until he allegedly sent them an encoded message telling them he had travelled to the ‘Caliphate’.
The friend, who does not want to be identified, said: “He went to Syria because he was angry about Assad.
“All Muslims are angry, but Ali acted on it.”
“This suddenly raises the spectre of ISIS damaging shipping,” said former Royal Navy chief Admiral Lord West.
Lord West added: ‘I think the most danger is posed by IS acquiring a Liquid Natural Gas container. These are highly flammable and could cause a very large explosion. Britain and the US have been worried about this for some time.’
The Merchant Navy, which now comprises about 1,500 vessels and 30,000 seamen, performed a key role during the Second World War and Falklands conflict.
While in the UK, Alosaimi posted nearly 100 pictures of himself on Facebook, where he called himself ‘Captain Take Care’. In one selfie, he wears dark aviator sunglasses, aping Tom Cruise from the 1986 film Top Gun. In another, posted in 2010, he wears a navy-style cap and writes: ‘I took my place among my crew to sail the seas as a capitano.’
Alosaimi reportedly received thousands of pounds funding for his course from the Kuwaiti government and previously worked for a state-owned oil tanker company.
In January Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said an estimated 800 UK citizens had entered Syria in the past four years, with around half thought to still be in the country.
But he said the British and Turkish intelligence services had managed to stop hundreds more joining them, stopping some leaving the UK and others as they arrived in Istanbul – a key staging point on the route to Syria.
He told The Guardian: “Approximately 800 Brits have been to Syria, of whom half are still there. But on top of that 800, we have stopped another 600.”
The jihadists are reportedly struggling to keep fighter morale up as the group struggles to deal with territory losses, military pressure, financial problems and poor management.
Earlier this year it was reported that ISIS has been forced to cut the salaries of its murderous fighters by half.
Terrorists now get the equivalent of just U$ 140 a month because of “exceptional circumstances”, according to a document released by Bayt al-Mal, the Treasury Ministry of ISIS.