British intelligence agencies trying to identify James Foley's executioner are reportedly zeroing in on a former British rapper named Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary who used to perform under the name L Jinney and appeared on BBC Radio in 2012.
"The MI5 (British intelligence agency) investigation into the man behind James Foley's murder is ongoing, but they have managed to identify the masked British jihadist who can be seen in the video holding a knife to his throat," a source told the Sunday Times.
Friends say Bary became radicalised after coming into contact with extremists linked to hate preacher Anjem Choudary.
A former friend said: 'He had the talent – he could have been as big as Dizzee Rascal. He was doing music with huge names in the underground scene.
'People have got into his head – it's transformed a talented young guy into a vengeful extremist.'