The only way of dealing with most British fighters who have joined ISIS in Syria is to kill them, a minister said yesterday.
Rory Stewart, an international development minister, said U.K. citizens who had traveled to the war-torn country were a "serious danger" to Britain.
He added that converts to the terror group believed in an "extremely hateful doctrine," saying fighters can expect to be killed given the threat they pose to British security.
British authorities estimate that about 850 people from this country have traveled to Syria and Iraq to fight with ISIS during the conflict.
Several have been killed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes – including jihadist Sally Jones, known as the White Widow.
MI5 chief Andrew Parker said last week that more than 100 U.K. fighters had been killed and another 250 have returned home.
"These people are a serious danger to us, and unfortunately the only way of dealing with them will be, in almost every case, to kill them," Mr. Stewart said, speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live. "These are people who are executing people, who have held women and children hostage, and who are torturing and murdering."
His remarks come just days after the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, Max Hill QC, said "brainwashed" young people who traveled to Syria "with a sense of naivety" should be spared prosecution and allowed to return.
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