Abu Rumaysah appears as a talking head throughout a 20-minute programme for Aljazeera – at one point being identified simply as ‘a British Muslim’
After his arrival, Rumaysah posted on Twitter: “Alhamdulillah (all praise be to Allah), that He (and only He) facilitated a path for me and my family to live in the Islamic State.
“Inshaa’Allah (God willing) we will defeat the final Crusade. USA and her allies are on their last legs. The Islamic State is here to stay.”
Hopefully soon we can join forces to crush the global Crusade against Islam and Muslims in the East and West.
— Abu Rumaysah (@aburumaysah1435) November 25, 2014
Mocking British intelligence and surveillance systems as “shoddy” for allowing his escape, Rumaysah dubbed Theresa May the “wicked witch of the West” and claimed another British extremist has also managed to travel to Syria.
“Hopefully soon we can join forces to crush the global Crusade against Islam and Muslims in the East and West,” he wrote.
In an interview on Channel 4 News earlier this year, Rumaysah said he would happily denounce his British citizenship in order to go out to Syria and live in what he called “the Islamic State”, under “the Shariah”.
Abu Rumaysah tells Channel 4 News he ‘hopes to live under the Islamic State’ “I hope that one day Britain gets to live under the Shariah as well,” he added.
Up to 500 British citizens are believed to have travelled to Iraq and Syria to join Isis’ bloody battle to establish a hardline caliphate but Charlie Winter, from the counter-extremism thinktank Quilliam, said not all may intend to fight.
He said the fact Rumaysah reportedly took his family suggested it was unlikely he would take up arms and could simply be going out to live there as a way of “contributing” to life under Isis.
“Isis are calling for people who aren’t necessarily soldiers to go there and populate the area, to make it into a society,” Mr Winter added. “There are more and more accounts of people going out and taking their family.”
The Metropolitan Police confirmed officers were “working to establish” where Rumaysah had gone.
A spokesperson said: “He was bailed to a date in January next year with bail conditions. Police are now working to establish his whereabouts.”