‘The best Muslim ever known” went to Yemen and got smoked by a drone. Allah wanted him dead, thats it. Allahu akbar!
Killed militant linked to mosque
AN Australian killed in Yemen in a US drone strike late last year who went by the nom de guerre “Muslim bin John’’, was in fact Daryl Jones, a New Zealand dual national and former ÂhabituÃ© of Sydney’s Lakemba mosque.
Jones, along with Christopher Havard, were the first Australians to die as a result of the US drone warfare program, which has targeted al-Qa’ida militants in Yemen and along the Afghan and Pakistan Âborder.
The two were travelling in a convoy of cars in Hadramout, in Yemen’s east, when the drone struck on November 19.
Five people were killed, including the two Australians, as was senior militant Abu Habib al-Yemeni, apparently the target of the strike. Jones, who was married with children, had lived in Sydney and was a regular at the Lakemba mosque, according to those who knew him.
He had been travelling in the Middle East in mid-2012, reportedly contacting his family from Dubai that May. In an online discussion about the drone deaths, one Sydney man criticised the description of the Australians as collateral damage.
“I’m told that one of the brothers being spoken about in the article is brother Daryl Jones, a convert brother who use to frequent Lakemba mosque a few years ago,” the man said in a Facebook post. “The brother was so humble. He was soft-spoken and gentle, you could really easily get along with him.”
In response, another man said Jones was devoted to his Âreligion. “Muslim (Daryl Jones) was one of the best Muslims I have ever known,” he said. “Allah Âaccept him as a Shaheed (martyr). Allah aid and assist his wife and children.”
Another post, believed to be referring to the dead man, said “Daryl Jones, also known as Muslim” had gone missing in 2012.
“He last called his family in May earlier this year from Dubai,” according to the OctÂober 2012 post by the Revert Muslims Association. “He was going to fly back to New Zealand. There hasn’t been contact since. I ask Allah to give him and his family Sabr Â(patience), AMEEN, and to reunite him with his family in safety.”
The AustralianÂ understands Jones did draw the attention of counter-terrorism authorities while in Sydney, mainly Âbecause of the company he kept, but he was never a person of Âinterest.
Counter-terrorism officials claim Jones and Havard were “foot soldiers’’ for al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula.