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'Jihadi John' told of fear he was 'a dead man walking'

A British man identified in reports as the Islamic State executioner known as "Jihadi John" feared he was a "dead man walking" after run-ins with security services before fleeing to Syria, email exchanges with a journalist have claimed.

Computer programming graduate Mohammed Emwazi said he considered suicide after coming face to face with what he suspected to be a British spy as he attempted to sell a laptop computer in 2010.

Then and now: Emwazi as a student (left), and as Jihadi John (right)

In an email exchange with the Mail on Sunday at the time, Emwazi described how he became suspicious of the buyer after they met.

He told theMail on Sunday's security editor Robert Verkaik he felt harassed by security services, in a series of emails in 2010, three years before he left to join IS, saying, "Sometimes I feel like a dead man walking, not fearing they (MI5) may kill me.

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Claims UK forces radicalised Jihadi John 'very false'

The former head of MI6 has labelled claims that UK security services helped radicalise the terrorist known as Jihadi John as "very false and very transparent".

The militant, who was captured on a number of videos showing the beheading of Islamic State captives, has now been identified as former British student Mohammed Emwazi.

Sir John Sawers, the former head of MI6, called the claims 'very false' Credit: PA

Advocacy group Cage has claimed that Emwazi was driven into extremism after being "harrassed" by intelligence agencies who tried to recruit him.

Sir John Sawers, who was head of MI6 from 2009 to 2014, refused to comment on the specific case, but called the argument "very specious".

These people draw attention to themselves because of their activity, their mixing, participation in extremist and sometimes terrorist circles, so of course they're going to draw attention to themselves and by an approach, if that's what happens, you give an opportunity to the individual to draw back from the terrorist groups that he - it's usually a he, sometimes a she - is about to mix with and you also give them a warning.

But the idea that somehow being spoken to by a member of MI5 is a radicalising act, I think this is very false and very transparent.

– Sir John Sawers, ex-MI6

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CAGE: Emwazi 'harassed by British security services'

London-based advocacy and human rights group CAGE said one of their researchers had spoken to the Washington Post about the identity of 'Jihadi John' and had provided some information.

The masked IS killer has been named as Mohammed Emwazi by the Washington Post. In a statement, the group said:

CAGE Research Director, Asim Qureshi met with the journalist, where she inquired about the name Mohammad Emwazi. Qureshi went away with that information and checked CAGE’s files, revealing that Emwazi was a case that he had worked on due to security service harassment. The following day, the journalist revealed to Qureshi that she knew from her own sources, that the man known as Jihadi John was Mohammad Emwazi. The journalist showed Qureshi a video of Jihadi John in order to identify him. Qureshi clarified that while there were some striking similarities, that due to the hood, there was no way he could be 100% certain.

– CAGE statement

Muhammad Emwazi had contacted CAGE when he tried to plan a trip home to Kuwait and was apparently prevented from doing so. Cage said he told them at the time:

I never got onto the flight, what was the point, I said to myself; I’ll just get rejected. I had a job waiting for me and marriage to get started. But now I feel like a prisoner, only not in a cage, in London. A person imprisoned and controlled by security service men, stopping me from living my new life in my birthplace and my country, Kuwait. I have been trying to find out the reason for my refused Visa issue from my home country Kuwait, and a way to solve the issue. So through my friends in Kuwait, it has been said to me that Kuwait has no problem with me entering, and the reason for my refusal is simply because the UK agents have told them to not let me in!

– Muhammad Emwazi
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CCTV footage appears to show missing Syria girls

CCTV footage apparently showing three British schoolgirls feared to have entered Syria to join Islamic State has been released by Turkish news channel A Haber.

The three girls, believed to be Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and 15-year-old Amira Abase, are seen at a bus station in Istanbul in the video.

It was reportedly recorded in the early hours of February 18 - the day after the teenagers disappeared from their London homes.

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Syria girls: Turkish Airlines assisting investigation

Turkish Airlines says it is assisting an investigation into three British schoolgirls who are feared to have crossed into Syria to join Islamic State.

From left to right: Kadiza Sultana, Amira Abase and Shamima Begum at Gatwick Airport. Credit: Metropolitan Police

Amira Abase and Shamima Begum, both 15, and 16-year-old Kadiza Sultana boarded a Turkish Airlines flight from Gatwick to Istanbul on February 17 and police believe the London trio have now crossed the Turkish border into Syria.

A statement from the airline said: "Turkish Airlines is assisting the relevant government bodies in their inquiries but is unable to respond to or comment specifically in relation to the subject matter of ongoing investigations."

Earlier this week, Labour's shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said Turkish Airlines had "serious questions" to answer over why it allowed the girls unaccompanied on to a flight.

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PM: Lessons need to be learned over Syria girls

David Cameron says "lessons need to be learned" from the case of three British schoolgirls feared to have entered Syria to join Islamic State.

The three girls are believed to have crossed into Syria. Credit: Met Police

Responding to a question from the Labour MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, where the three teenagers came from, Mr Cameron said the UK needed to "tighten arrangements" at airports and borders.

He also called on schools, parents, universities to help fight the "poisonous ideology" of extremist groups such as Islamic State.

The Prime Minister also dismissed claims by the Turkish deputy prime minister that British authorities took three days to notify Turkey of the girls' movements as "not accurate".

First 'Slow Food' market comes to central London

What's to be the first Slow Food market in central London is opening later today.

Slow Food is a movement promoting locally-produced food and regional cooking.

Slow Food is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.

The aim of the new market in London is for people who live in the city can meet food producers who aim to make their products sustainable, local, organic and wholesome.

One year since aquatic centre opens to the public

The London Aquatic Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Today marks one years since the London Aquatics Centre first opened to the public, following modifications after the 2012 Olympic Games.

Since 1st March 2014, the centre has hosted numerous high-profile events including the World Diving Series, the Invictus Games, Sport Relief and National Paralympics Day.

It is now home to the Tom Daley Diving Academy and served as a 2014 Commonwealth Games training base.

The centre received 640,000 visitors between 1st March and 31st December 2014. Since it opened to the public, nearly 3,000 young people have joined the London Aquatics Centre Swim School programme and 300 primary school pupils per week attend a new school swimming initiative at the centre.

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