Kill UK jihadis: Defence Secretary vows to ‘eliminate’ threat of fighters returning to UK

Thursday, December 7, 2017
By Paul Martin

BRITISH citizens who have fought for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria should be barred from coming back to England and hunted down and killed, the Defence Secretary said.

Thu, Dec 7, 2017

Gavin Williamson declared last night that he was prepared to use air strikes to annihilate the 270 UK passport holder still holed up fighting for ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

He told The Daily Mail: “Quite simply, my view is a dead terrorist can’t cause any harm to Britain.”

He added: “I do not believe that any terrorist, whether they come from this country or any other, should ever be allowed back into this country.

“We should do everything we can do to destroy and eliminate that threat.”

Mr Williamson, who was installed as Defence boss after Sir Michael Fallon stepped down last month following sex assault allegations, has made the starkest comments yet on the issue.

In contrast, Max Hill, QC, the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation took a more lenient approach when he said that the young people who had travelled to Syria to fight should be allowed back home to the UK.

He sparked condemnation after saying that many who joined ISIS were “naive” and he didn’t want to lose a generation who went to fight.

Mr Hill told the BBC: “We are told that we do have a significant number already back in the country who have previously gone to Iraq and Syria.

“That means that the authorities have looked at them and looked at them hard and have decided that they do not justify prosecution and really we should be looking towards reintegration and moving away from any notion that we are going to lose a generation to this travel.”

He added: “It’s not a decision that MI5 and others will have taken lightly.”

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