A rapper from Moss Side believed to have been involved in attracting recruits for Daesh, was killed in Syria last week.
Raphael Hostey, 23, is reported to have fought under the name Abu Qaqa al-Britani, and is one of several youngsters from Manchester to have joined Daesh in October 2013.
Along with university friends – Mohammad Azzam Javeed of Levenshulme, and Anil Khalil Raoufi from Didsbury (both 20) – Hostey travelled to the Middle East several years ago, leaving behind a wife and child to join the conflict.
The trio are said to have met at John Moores University in Liverpool, where Hostey was studying graphic design, before becoming involved in Daesh shortly after and encouraging others from the UK and around the world via social media to join the organisation.
Hostey urged Muslims to “[Stop playing] Call of Duty and Fifa and come to the khalifa (Daesh)” using his Twitter account, posting the message alongside a picture of himself holding an assault rifle.
Jamshed Javeed, a biology teacher from Manchester, helped Hostey and his friends travel to Syria to fight in 2013.
Although Hostey’s friends, Azzam Javeed and Raofi, were killed in 2014, Hostey became heavily involved in recruitment after being shot and is said to be responsible for attracting hundreds to Daesh.
Hostey’s death was reported on Twitter by Amarnath Amarasingam – a post-doctoral researcher at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia – and is yet to be confirmed by the Foreign Office.
Amarasingam claimed Hostey, reportedly nicknamed ‘al-Britani Afro’ because of his hairstyle, was killed in a drone strike alongside three other western Jihadists last week.
Shiraz Maher, a war studies lecturer at King’s College London, has said the Mancunian was the last remaining member of a cohort of fighters to join Islamic State from Manchester and Portsmouth in 2013, calling his death ‘huge’.
He said: “The death of Abu Qaqa (Hostey’s rapper alias) represents the end of another era of British fascism”.