Former Liverpool John Moores University student named as senior Isis commander

Raphael Hostey, 22, is known for his Afro hairstyle and use of social media to attract new recruits

Picture of Anil Khalil Raoufi, 20, of Didsbury, killed in Syria

A former Liverpool John Moores University student was named as a top Isis commander, according to reports.

Double agent Mohammed al-Rashed, a 28-year-old dentist who flew to Syria to fight, is believed to have supplied the identities of 140 Isis soldiers to western intelligence agencies.

Among the names is Raphael Hostey, a 22-year-old John Moores graduate from Fallowfield, Manchester.

Hostey is said to be a senior Isis commander who left a wife and child behind to fly to Syria in 2013.

He is known among Isis fighters for his large, Afro hairstyle and use of social media to attract new recruits, including jihadist brides.

Under the name of Abu Qaqa, Hostey advised a would-be female fighter to “come as soon as possible” on social networking site Tumblr.

And before his Twitter account was suspended, he wrote: “We don’t need any spies in [Isis] because the sisters here talk enough as it is!”

Hostey flew to Syria with two friends, Mohammed Javeed and Khalil Raoufi, also both John Moores University graduates. Raoufi was killed while fighting in February last year.

The three men were helped to get to Syria by chemistry teacher Jamshed Javeed, 30, Mohammed’s older brother, a terror trial at Woolwich Crown Court heard last month.

The men were radicalised and were “determined to fight jihad”, the jurors were told.

Double agent al-Rashed is believed to have been involved in helping Bethnal Green schoolgirls Shamima Begum, 15, Amira Abase, 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16, fly from London to Turkey before crossing the border into Syria to join the ranks of Isis.

He is believed to have helped 140 Britons join Isis – and has now handed their names over to western security services in a bid to win asylum in Canada.

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/former-liverpool-john-moores-university-8848251

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