NHS Doctor ‘Led Extremist Cell in Syria’

John-Paul Ford Rojas, Telegraph (London), August 27, 2012

An NHS doctor led a group of Islamic extremists who took a British photographer hostage as he covered the conflict in Syria, the former captive has claimed.

John Cantlie said the fighter told him he had taken two years’ leave from a London hospital to travel to the Middle East for holy war.

The medic was said to have described his hospital experience in detail and carried NHS medical kit, saying he planned to return to the UK to become a trauma consultant in A&E, according to Mr Cantlie’s account to a newspaper.

Last night, MI6 was said to be trying to track down the doctor.

Mr Cantlie, 41, and Dutch colleague Jeroen Oerlemans were held captive at a camp two miles inside the Syrian border last month before being rescued by Syrian rebels.

The photographer told The Sun on Sunday: “It was a bit of a surprise to find an NHS doctor as one of our captors – with an AK-47 and preaching sharia law.

“I asked him for his help as we were both from London. But he refused to even send a text to my girlfriend to say we were alive. He said he would be beheaded if he did.

“When we asked his name he said ‘Just call me the doctor. I’m the only one here.’ He told us he had a wife and a child in London.

“He spoke with a south London accent and said he had taken two years out from his work as an NHS doctor to fight jihad.”

The doctor, believed to be 28 and of Pakistani descent, was apparently one of ten to 15 Britons at the camp – many of them from London.

The captors belonged to the al Absi organisation, a small group of militants trying to use the revolt in Syria to convert the country to a sharia law state.

According to Mr Cantlie, the doctor said that “treating jihadists wounded in battle” was good training for his future career as a trauma specialist in the UK.

The man treated the photographers’ injuries when they were shot trying to escape but seemed disappointed when two others, who were Syrian, were not beheaded, saying they were “definitely spies”, it was claimed.

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  • Church_of_Jed

    It will be a pity to see all the beauty and grandeur that was Britian be crushed into rubbish, but our cousins over there really do deserve it as bad as the Diversity is about to give it.

    • SLCain

       I don’t welcome the destruction of any white nation, not Britain, nor Sweden, nor France, nor any.   The ruin of any one of them diminishes us all.

  • IstvanIN

    I hope it was a paid sabbatical.

  • KenelmDigby

    All medical schools in Britain are under state control, and in order to save money places at UK medical schools are strictly limited and thus many, many talented indigenous White Brions who no doubt would go on to make good doctors are denied places at medical school.
     In order to save cash,Britain’s NHS is a massive importer of third world doctors – most of the doctors working in the NHS are of third world origin.
    This is the backlash of petty cost-cutting by an ignorant state apparatus. Not only Whites are denied the chance of bring doctors but terrorists are parachuted into the best jobs to boot.

  • godzillabloggs

    It has been reported elsewhere that jihad appeals to educated muslims in responsible jobs.  Yet we are told that deprivation is to blame for the growth of extremism among muslims.

  • godzillabloggs

    “In a study of 75 jihadists responsible for the four most serious terrorist incidents across the world between 1993 and 2005,experts Peter Bergen and Swati Pandey found the most popular subjects among those who had attended university were engineering and medicine”.

    http://tinyurl.com/d634rt7

  • SLCain

    An interesting question would be just where this pakistani has killed more people: as a guerilla fighter in Syria?  Or as a doctor with the NHS in Britain?

  • Hmm… a medical doctor with a family in London.. This must be one of those “moderate, assimilated” muslims the diversity mongers love to rave about.