More than 150 jihadists and other criminals have been stripped of their citizenship and banned from returning to Britain amid fears that the collapse of Isis will lead to an influx of militants from Syria.
In a dramatic escalation of anti-terrorism activity, more than 40 suspects have had their right to a British passport removed this year, with about 30 targeted since March as the UK came under attack in London and Manchester.
Ministers stepped up the “deprivation orders” after intelligence chiefs warned that more than 300 battle-hardened terrorists could return and wreak havoc.
July 30 2017, 12:01am, The Sunday Times
Isis nears defeat and a new threat emerges
Once it was said that Isis would never be defeated militarily. But the jihadist group has been vanquished at Mosul in Iraq and is on the way to being beaten at Raqqa in Syria. Although it may regroup in Libya, its cause — of establishing a caliphate in Iraq and Syria — is lost.
That is something to celebrate but it also poses a significant challenge. How do we prevent those who fought for Isis in Syria and Iraq not only from carrying out terrorist attacks in Britain, but also from radicalising others?
Official estimates suggest 850 people from Britain travelled to Iraq and Syria to fight for Isis, as well as perhaps 150 “jihadi brides” and children. As our interview today with one jihadi bride, Islam Mitat, shows, not all did so intentionally. Others, however, embraced the Isis culture enthusiastically.
UK ‘has stripped 150 jihadists and criminals of citizenship’
Ministers reportedly stepped up passport bans amid fears that militants would seek to return from Syria after collapse of Isis
More than 150 suspected jihadists and criminals have been stripped of their citizenship and banned from returning to the UK, it has been reported.
Ministers stepped up the “deprivation orders” amid fears that the collapse of Islamic State would lead to an influx of militants from Syria, according to the Sunday Times.
Quoting official figures and security sources, the newspaper said more than 40 suspects had their right to a passport removed this year, with about 30 targeted since March.