British Isis fighters should be hunted down and killed, says defence secretary ‘A dead terrorist can’t cause any harm to Britain,’ says Gavin Williamson, arguing jihadists should not be allowed back into UK
The new secretary of state for defence, Gavin Williamson, has made remarks at odds with the UK’s terrorism watchdog. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA
Britons who have fought for Islamic State abroad should be hunted down and killed to ensure they never return to the UK, the defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, has said.
The new defence secretary told Gavin Williamson:
“A dead terrorist can’t cause any harm to Britain.” Kill British Isis fighters, says the defence secretary.
It’s not that simple “I do not believe that any terrorist, whether they come from this country or any other, should ever be allowed back into this country,”
he said. “We should do everything we can do to destroy and eliminate that threat.”
Williamson said jihadist groups in Libya, Iraq and Syria were breeding grounds for plotting attacks in the UK. “Our job in terms of eliminating will not stop this year, will not stop next year – it is something we have got to continue to pursue,” he said.
His remarks put him at odds with the head of the terrorism watchdog, who recently said the UK could attempt to reintegrate young and naive jihadists who wanted to return to the UK
More than 800 UK citizens are thought to have gone to fight for Isis in Iraq and Syria, including teenagers, women and young families.
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