British extremists use Syria for training terrorists

British extremists use Syria for training terrorists
Mon Oct 7, 2013 10:08:34

British Home Secretary Theresa May has warned that extremists are using the war in Syria “as a nursery” before returning to Britain as trained terrorists.

“What we have seen for some time now, is that a number of British people traveling out to Somalia, we’re now seeing people travel out to Syria,” May said on BBC 1’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday.

She said they are receiving live training in the Syria war and then returning home to Britain. May added that many of them are already considered to be possible terrorists by UK security services.

May said she viewed these mostly referred as “foreign militants” as “potential terrorists”.

May’s comments come just days after Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem told the UN General Assembly that “terrorists from more than 83 countries” are operating in Syria, killing Syrian soldiers and civilians.

In March, the British Home Office’s annual report titled ‘The United Kingdom’s Strategy for Countering Terrorism’ highlighted a similar threat.

“There are now hundreds of foreign fighters from Europe in Syria. And when UK residents return here there is risk that they may carry out attacks using the skills that they have developed overseas,” the report said.


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