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‘British ISIS children at risk of radicalisation’, says former MI6 counter-terrorism chief
‘British IS children at risk of radicalisation’, says former MI6 counter-terrorism chief
by Martin Bentham
The repatriation of British children brought up under Islamic State rule in Syria must be sped up to prevent them becoming radicalised, a former MI6 head of counter-terrorism said today.
Richard Barrett said that some potential child returnees would have to be accompanied by their mothers and that both could pose a potential security threat because of the extremism and trauma they had experienced.
But he added that the problem would only get worse if it was ignored and would leave Britain and other countries facing a heightened threat when the youngsters grow up and move on.
Mr Barrett’s comments follow the arrival last week of the first British orphans from Syria after a government decision to permit their return.