Photo of Khalid Masood: from Scotland Yard
Some further thoughts occurred to me on the murderous London attack perpetrated by Khalid Masood, just his latest alias, on March 22. From my regular comment column for The National ...
The Westminster killer Khalid Masood, who began life as Adrian Russell Elms, had no known links with ISIL or Al Qaeda, according to British police.
At first glance, this may seem at odds with the ISIL’s admission of responsibility. An online communique, dressed up in now familiar if squalid terminology, described Masood as a "soldier of Islam" responding to exhortations to kill citizens of the United States-led coalition fighting it in Iraq and Syria.
In fact, there is no inconsistency. ISIL has been driven to adopt developing methodology by the growing difficulty of directing, from the Middle East, teams of terrorists on foreign missions.