A British man who converted to Islam, traveled to Syria and was accused of joining Islamic State has said he is not “currently” a militant and does not support the terrorist group. But Jack Letts added that neither was he on the side of “dirty non-Muslims”.
Speaking from Syria, Letts admitted to missing home comforts, such as “kebabs and Krispy Kreme doughnuts”, but said he knows he would not be welcome back in the UK and is considered to be a terrorist.
“I oppose so-called Islamic State, but that doesn’t mean I am with you, the dirty non-Muslims,” Letts wrote in an online post he said he wanted to be remembered as his final words, should he be killed.
Letts, from Oxford, revealed that he narrowly avoided being killed in an airstrike, escaping with a “scratch”, and insisted he was not afraid of dying. “I’m not worried. Everyone is going to die on their day. Whether it’s by a drone strike … A Muslim understands that his life is between the hands of Allah. So, if they want to bomb me, they’ll bomb me,” he told Channel 4 News.
Asked if he was a terrorist, he said: “Do you mean by the English government’s definition, that anyone that opposes a non-Islamic system and man-made laws? Then, of course, by that definition, I suppose they’d say I’m a terrorist, khalas (and that’s that).”
Asked if he was a militant, the 20-year-old, who left the UK for Syria about two years ago, said: “They’ll say what they want. Currently I’m not. But, khalas, they’ll say what they want.” He said he went to Syria “searching for the truth, and people of the truth, and I don’t regret that I came”.
In a Facebook post from earlier this month, Letts also denied claims from his parents that he has severe obsessive compulsive disorder and said he hated them because they “reject the religion of truth”.
John Letts and Sally Lane are awaiting trial after being charged with terrorism offences relating to allegedly sending their son money. They have denied the charges of funding terrorism. They are due to stand trial in January.
Speaking to Channel 4 News, Letts said he harboured no plans to return to the UK. “[If] I came back to England, I don’t think I’d be very welcome. But I don’t plan on coming back anyway, Alhamdulillah (praise be to God). I don’t want to come back.”