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An Islamic State fighter said he would return to Britain to carry out jihad if attacks against his group continue.  (Source: CNN) An Islamic State fighter said he would return to Britain to carry out jihad if attacks against his group continue. (Source: CNN)
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LONDON (CNN) - The gruesome murder of journalist James Foley shocked the world, and left many wondering about the group that's behind the heinous crime.

CNN spoke to two jihadi fighters in Syria via skype and asked them for their reactions to the murder.

The videotaped killing of Foley wasn't just a message to America. It was also a recruitment video for young men like these:

"My initial reaction personally was that this was a direct response to the crimes of the U.S. against the Islamic State,” said Abu Bakr, an Islamic State fighter.

Bakr and Abu Anwar have talked before about their ties to the Islamic State. They are two foreign fighters inside Syria. One of them is British, claiming to be absolute believers in the ISIS's medieval view of the world.

Asked if he personally support beheading and brutal executions like Foley's, and if he would partake in one, they had a chilling response.

“I would be more than honored to partake in an execution. I hope God gives me a chance to do such as thing as the brother did with James Foley. My hands are ready to do this blessed act,” Anwar said.

When told that The Muslim Council of Britain, for example, has come out condemning the killing of Foley as brutal and abhorrent and that anybody who follows this belief is misguided, he attacked the group.

“The Murtad Council of Britain. They are apostates. They are not Muslims. They have always fought against Islam with the British government. They've tried to stop young men going to Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and they work on so-called anti-extremes project. They are not Muslims so the reaction coming from them is not surprising,” the militant said.

Who are these young men willing to commit such brutality despite worldwide condemnation?

Of Britain's nearly 3 million Muslims, only an estimated 400 to 500 have gone to fight in Syria. Roughly the same amount of Muslims are enlisted in the British Army.

British experts on radicalization paint a diverse picture of British Muslim extremists.

Most are single men, under the age of 30. But a significant number are older and married with children.

Many are converts to Islam or are British born Muslims from immigrant families.

Many are also deepening their extremist ideology online.

Some have links to gangs and the criminal underworld. But many are well-educated from middle class families.

So, intelligence analysts say, there is no one statistical profile or trigger that leads young men to such extremism.

Both men insisted they would not return home. That has now changed. Abu Bakr in particular seems willing to come back to Britain, and bring his jihad with him.

"If there is no other choice but to come back and just stop you with a very reasonable message than I will have to do that. So I am ready to take that step to come back if your armies, if your countries don't stop attacking us,” he said.

Any fighter bringing their so called holy war back home is exactly what many western security officials fear most.

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