CHILLING CALM ISIS fighters would gather in terror capital Raqqa to watch football and discuss Premier League, says ‘Hungry Hamza’ Brit who fled to join terror group


A British Jihadi who fled to Syria to join ISIS revealed how members of the feared terror group would gather to share information on football results with restricted internet access.

Hamza Parvez, nicknamed ‘Hungry Hamza’ after declaring his love for western fast food, made the journey to join IS five years ago, at just 20 years old, and is now being held in a Kurdish prison following his capture from the group’s final stronghold.

The Brit jihadi moaned about his treatment in Kurdish prison and said that he ‘improved the lives of many Syrian people’
Parvez was well known for his love of western takeaway food and given the nickname ‘Hungry Hamza’

In an exclusive interview with the Sun Online, the former Jihadi fighter spoke about the limited internet access they had and that when one person was able to get online, they would share football news and results between them.

The Brit, 26, from North West London, said: “It was very restricted, Islamic State they banned the internet.

“They made it very hard for people to use the internet, they banned televisions and satellite dishes.

“You had to ask permission to have internet in your house.

“So at the very most, we would get to use the internet and share information amongst each other, see what’s happening in the world. Football, political, families.

A much chubbier-looking Parvez made headlines back in 2014 after it was revealed he had a fixation on western takeaway food from places such as KFC and Nandos.

In the same interview, he revealed that he would only feel guilty for joining the terror group, had he personally committed crimes such as beheadings and selling of sex slaves, himself.

Since being captured and imprisoned after ISIS fighters were defeated by coalition forces earlier this year, he has dramatically slimmed down and moans about his treatment under Kurdish forces.

He says: “I would have guilt, if I had personally committed a crime, by my own actions, by my own tongue, from my actions.

“I don’t think I can [be] judged by my own actions.

“I believe I’ve done a lot of good for a lot of the Syrian people, I improved a lot of their lives.

“Yes Islamic state destroyed many lives, I’m not against what you’re saying but there are two pages to the book.”

He added: “I don’t understand why the world likes to point fingers at every single soldier or every single citizen or anyone who came to join the Islamic State.”

The Brit was also known for his bizarre social media posts where he was seen eating ice cream in the city of Mosul, a former IS stronghold.

In another, he hailed the “golden era of jihad”, adding: “What are we doing sitting in the UK?…It’s not the land for us.”

He urged people unwilling to fight for ISIS to “stay silent” and not to discourage others from travelling to Iraq and Syria.

Parvez promised there were “jobs for doctors, nurses, architects, builders even for street cleaners in the Islamic State”.

But now he claims he never bought into the ISIS ideology.

he Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant propaganda photo shows ISIS militants parading in Raqqa, Syria, in 2014Credit: Alamy
The former ISIS member was interviewed at the Kurdish prison in Northern Syria where he was being held
Parvez pictured eating ice cream in ISIS-controlled Mosul

It comes after a recent interview with former British schoolgirl, Shamima Begum, revealed that she is still desperate to return to the UK after she claims she was used as a ‘baby machine’ while living with ISIS.

She claimed she now ‘hated’ the group after the loss of her three children and that her mental health was suffering.

Parvez, now 26, joined IS in 2014, around the time the terror group seized Fallujah, in Iraq, and Raqqa, in Syria, at the height of their power.

He claims to have worked as security for mosques in the group’s final stronghold of Baghouz where many were slaughtered and forced into sexual slavery.

He stayed with the Islamic State until his capture this year near the Syrian border and is now being housed in a prison north of the country.

When asked why he did not leave, he said: “There was many corridors to leave, many ways to leave.

“Many people tried, many people failed.

When asked if he felt any shame, he replied: “Shame is a strong word.

“Disappointment would be fair word to use, yeah.”

During an interview in March this year, he revealed the horrors carried out by the terror cult, such as rape, murder, genocide and enslavement.

But in the most recent interview, the former fighter wipes his hands of the role he played as part of the feared extremist group.

In August this year, Hamza’s family begged for the ISIS fighter to be brought back to the UK.

They told The Mirror that they will “always hate what he did”, but have called for him to face justice in Britain.

Parvez is married to a Canadian-Pakistani woman, who is also in prison in Syria. The pair have two children together.

His parents Mohammed and Riaz want his citizenship restored, and hope his young children can be brought up in North West London.

One of his loved ones who asked not to be named said: “he has to come back”.

Parvez has admitted knowing infamous ISIS executioner Mohammed Emwazi – a fellow Londoner dubbed Jihadi John who was killed in drone strikes.

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