The British ISIS operative responsible for the execution of James Foley may have been identified by British intelligence agents.
24-year-old Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, better known in London as rapper J Linny is the prime suspect in the videotaped beheading of New Hampshire-born journalist Foley.
Details about Foley’s murder remain scarce, but various media outlets have reported that ISIS demanded a $132 million ransom for Foley’s release.
There are also unconfirmed reports that ISIS was willing to free Foley in exchange for Aafia Siddiqui, an MIT-educated neuroscientist and imprisoned terrorist known in some circles as “Lady al-Qaeda.”
Abdel Bary is said to have abandoned a promising musical career in order to move to Syria to work with ISIS.
His songs that have been uploaded to YouTube reportedly address his religious beliefs, his father’s involvement with al-Qaeda, and his obsession with killing police officers.
Abdel Bary has reportedly been nicknamed "John" by prisoners of ISIS, in reference to his British accent and resemblance to Beatles legend John Lennon.
The White House has yet to comment on the new intelligence regarding the identity of Foley's murderer.