SENIOR US officials have warned 800 ISIS jihadis will unleash terror across Britain and Europe if they are not locked up and put on trial.
The rare intervention from across the pond comes amid divisions in Westminster over what to do with Brit jihadis found abroad.
US officials said hundreds of homegrown ISIS fighters captured abroad need to be prosecuted in British and European courts so they don’t escape justice[/caption]
Justice Secretary David Gauke said yesterday that the UK could be powerless to stop 19-year-old ISIS bride Shamima Begum returning home after she was tracked down in Syria.
He said: “We can’t make people stateless”.
But his comments clashed with other senior members of the government including Home Secretary Sajid Javid insisted he would “not hesitate” to prevent the return of anyone who supported terrorist organisations.
Leave them at large and hope they don’t find a way back.
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Security minister Ben Wallace also vowed that Britain would not assist Begum in returning home.
He said her “actions have consequences” and that British lives would not be risked trying to save her from the Syrian refugee camp she ran away to.
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But with US troops due to withdraw from Syria soon, there is increased concern from Washington that “time is running out” to prosecute fundamentalist fighters.
Most of the captured fighters are being held by US-backed Kurdish forces, who had demanded Britain and her allies take the jihadis off their hands.
US government officials told the Sunday Telegraph Britain’s refusal to take back their homegrown terrorists was a policy of “leave them at large and hope they don’t find a way back”.
The diplomatic tension comes as the British government splits over what to do with ISIS bride Shamima Begum[/caption]
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