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‘British fighters in Syria being taught jihadism’

UK’s intelligence services estimate around 500 British fighters are now in Syria, and fear they will return radicalised.

Al-Qaeda is training hundreds of British people fighting in Syria to become jihadists and urging them to carry out attacks when they return home, according to an interview with a defector published in Monday’s Daily Telegraph.

The defector, known as Murad, from the hardline Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) said other recruits from Europe and the US were also being trained to make car bombs before being sent home to form terror cells. “They talked often about terrorist attacks,” he said of his former ISIS instructors.

“The foreigners were proud of 9/11 and the London bombings. The British, French and American mujahideen in the room started talking about places that they wanted to bomb or explode themselves in Europe and the United States.

“The American said he dreamed of blowing up White House,” he told the newspaper. He called the teachings of ISIS, an Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Iraq, “very hardline”.

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UK’s  intelligence services estimate around 500 British fighters are now in Syria, and fear they will return radicalised.

First published on: 21-01-2014 at 12:43:43 am
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