British man won't return to the UK until 'black flag of Islam' flies over Buckingham Palace

A British man who has been fighting in Syria says he won't come back to the UK until the 'black flag of Islam' is flying over Buckingham Palace.

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Speaking to BBC Radio Five Live, the man - who called himself Abu Osama - said he had been fighting for the al-Nusra Front which has links to al-Qaeda.

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Abu Osama described Britain as "pure evil", adding:

If and when I come back to Britain it will be when this Khilafah, the Islamic state, comes to conquer Britain, and I come to raise the black flag of Islam over Downing Street, over Buckingham Palace, over Tower Bridge and over Big Ben.

– Abu Osama, speaking to BBC Radio Five Live
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At first it [fighting in Syria] was hard for them [my family] to accept, because no mother wants to lose her son. But I send them photos and I speak to them about the situation and now they can understand that this is a good cause I am in.

They are a bit scared but I tell them we will meet in the afterlife. This is just a temporary separation. They said, 'We understand now what you are doing,' and my mother said, 'I have sold you to Allah. I don't want to see you again in this world'.

– Abu Osama, speaking to BBC Radio Five Live

Abu Osama's claims cannot be independently verified.