Hunt down, kill Britons who join IS, Defence Minister orders

Lester Mason
December 7, 2017

I do not believe that any terrorist, whether they come from this country or any other, should ever be allowed back to this country.

A former top prosecutor has called the Defence Secretary "juvenile" after he said all Britons who have fought for Islamic State should be hunted down and killed.

He said everything should be done "to destroy and eliminate that threat".

The minister also told the newspaper that jihadist groups in Libya, Iraq and Syria were believed to be plotting attacks on the United Kingdom, and that "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".

"A dead terrorist can't cause any harm to Britain", he told the Daily Mail - prompting questions about whether the Ministry of Defence had drawn up a "kill list".

Gavin Williamson said that Britons who had gone to Syria or Iraq to fight for Islamic State hated what Britain stands for, and that air strikes could be used against the estimated 270 British citizens who are still out there.

The Defence Secretary's remarks follow the reported drone-strike killing in Syria of a British IS member, Sally Jones, earlier this year and comments made by an global development minister, Rory Stewart, that " fighters could expect to be killed given the threat they posed to British security".

And Rory Stewart, the minister for worldwide development, said the "only way" to deal with British IS fighters in Syria is "in nearly every case" to kill them.

"A dead terrorist can't cause any harm to Britain", he argues.


In war, soldiers are immune from prosecution for murder.

There has to be some other legal basis for justifying the killing. Many fear that investigations by MPs on the decision-making process could be the start of mass extra-judicial killings.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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