AS MANY as 700 Britons are fighting with Al Qaeda linked extremists in war torn Syria, France’s President Francois Hollande warned today.There are reports of these people being radicalised and trained as fighters although I rather suspect anyone going to Syria to fight was pretty radical enough.
He said a similar number from France had also travelled there, making the issue one of the most serious facing his country and the UK.
The two countries have agreed closer cross-Channel co-operation to keep track of potential jihadists.
Intelligence services and counter-terrorism experts worry that home grown fighters will return from Syria radicalised and ready to use violence as a means of achieving their goals.
The figure of 700 Britons in Syria is almost double the most recent expert estimate.
Thing is, we don't need these people coming back and practising their new skill set here, unfortunately the likelihood is that they will and will even radicalise more fighters by becoming their role models.
I know the government can't or won't do it due to international pressure, but these people have no business being allowed back in the country and their passports should be revoked.
We have enough problems with islamists in this country without allowing another bunch back who see the solution to any problem as to kill it. No these are not soldiers, they have no discipline other than the gun, they will not be useful members of society when they do come back.
So don't let them back...