British women 'fighting in Syria'

Women protesters campaign for more international involvement in the Syrian conflict

Women protesters campaign for more international involvement in the Syrian conflict

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Experts believe that 10 British women may have travelled to Syria to join the fighting in the war-torn state.

Hundreds of Britons are thought to have gone to the Middle Eastern country over the last few years to join arms in the bloody battle against against President Bashar Assad's regime.

Yesterday police made an unprecedented appeal calling on Muslim women to urge their relatives not to join the conflict following a number of deaths of British men on Syria's battlefields.

Counter-terrorism officers warned that young, idealistic men were in danger of being radicalised and aspiring jihadis may be travelling to Syria for terror training.

Some 40 Syria-related arrests were made in the first three months of this year, up from 25 in the whole of last year, and Scotland Yard warned that Britons caught fighting in Syria were crossing a "red line" and would be investigated.

But there are fears that women joining their husbands in rebel groups to try to oust Assad may inadvertently be helping him stay in power as they clash with other factions trying to depose him, the Daily Mirror said.

The newspaper claimed that 10 British women - two teenagers from Portsmouth, two women from London, another from Surrey and five from cities in the north of England - had travelled to join the jihad.

It is believed they may have linked up with the rebel group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which is so violent it has reportedly been disowned by al Qaida.

Shiraz Maher, an expert in radicalisation from Kings College London, told the Mirror: "Most British jihadists go to Syria for sincere reasons to help in what they believe is a struggle against oppression but many don't appreciate the reality on the ground.

"There are around 10 British women out there, we believe, and most have travelled to Syria with their husbands.

"They go believing they will fight jihad to overthrow Assad but may actually be getting in the way of the rebellion by joining groups and fuelling the infighting they are involved in.

"Depending on who they sign up with, like ISIS, they will end up fighting some of the original rebel groups such as the Free Syrian Army.

"There is evidence that in the complex struggles ISIS in particular has been infiltrated by Assad's forces."

Around 400 Britons are believed to have gone to Syria over the last two years, authorities believe, with an estimated 20 having died.

Among them is 18 year-old Abdullah Deghayes, from Brighton, who is believed to have died in Kassab, in Latakia province, earlier this month after leaving the UK in January.

His aunt, Amina Deghayes, questioned yesterday's announcement, saying it failed to provide a concrete solution to the problem of young men flocking to fight in the civil war.

She warned that families are already urging their loved ones not to fight, but too often their appeals fall on deaf ears.

Abdullah's two brothers, Jaffar, 16, and 20-year-old Amer, have also travelled to Syria to fight. Despite desperate pleas from their family, they have refused to return home from the frontline.

Officers are working with Muslim charities and community groups nationally on the new campaign. They are also distributing a leaflet in the shape of a passport warning Britons about the dangers of travelling to Syria.

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10:55am Fri 25 Apr 14

BMD says...

Abdullah Deghayes father described his son as a "martyr" and is pleading with his other two son's to return to the UK.
Abubaker Deghayes (father) called on the UK government to arm Islamist rebels in the country to overthrow Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

I hope MI5, MI6 and the police Anti-terrorist units are investigating this family and all their contacts.
Abdullah Deghayes father described his son as a "martyr" and is pleading with his other two son's to return to the UK. Abubaker Deghayes (father) called on the UK government to arm Islamist rebels in the country to overthrow Bashar al-Assad’s regime. I hope MI5, MI6 and the police Anti-terrorist units are investigating this family and all their contacts. BMD
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1:24pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

My, tis a pity that the modern day Brit police force is so institutionally sexist, seemingly set in its ways and unable to move on since Queen Victoria passed away etc. Otherwise, it might have become aware that since at least the times of the Spanish Civil War women combatants have not been all that uncommon. How many female terrorists and mercenaries have got through the net because the tired, old British establishment suffers a crisis of imagination and is incapable of thinking outside the stereotypical gender tick boxes, eh? I blame these single sex public schools our leaders go to - most of them probably never even socialised with members of the opposite sex until well into middle age.
My, tis a pity that the modern day Brit police force is so institutionally sexist, seemingly set in its ways and unable to move on since Queen Victoria passed away etc. Otherwise, it might have become aware that since at least the times of the Spanish Civil War women combatants have not been all that uncommon. How many female terrorists and mercenaries have got through the net because the tired, old British establishment suffers a crisis of imagination and is incapable of thinking outside the stereotypical gender tick boxes, eh? I blame these single sex public schools our leaders go to - most of them probably never even socialised with members of the opposite sex until well into middle age. Katie Re-Registered
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2:53pm Fri 25 Apr 14

varteg1 says...

If the UK state had any balls it would refuse re entry to anyone found to be joining a bunch of murdering thugs using a religion as their excuse for so doing, whilst engaging in an attempt to overthrow the legitimate government of another state.

Only a few short years ago Syria was one of the most stable states in the middle east, and look at it today, an almost defunct nation, with millions crawling across adjacent borders, not to escape the government, but to evade the dangers all around made worse by idiotic Muslims who have poured into their country, many from our own nation,with no legitimate excuse other than to cause mayhem in order to inflict a brutal Sharia regime on them.

And we have a schoolboy FM in Hague wishing to involve us in this illicit enterprise whilst he criticises Russia for wanting to protect a large number of what appears to be ethnic Russians in Ukraine, but without entering that state as he would have our forces do to Syria.

As for those who have departed the UK, sod 'em, tell them to stay away,we do not need armed insurgents here, for sure as eggs are eggs, once back, with their training gained in the Syrian theatre of conflict, they will most certainly have itchy trigger fingers, and without doubt, be more than willing to set up camp within many parts of Britain where their hold can be easily gained due to the fear they can generate amongst their own communities.

They will be a ticking time bomb, ready willing and able to cause upset, death and destruction once they get the feeling we have a soft underbelly with no political will to give back tenfold what they dish out.
If the UK state had any balls it would refuse re entry to anyone found to be joining a bunch of murdering thugs using a religion as their excuse for so doing, whilst engaging in an attempt to overthrow the legitimate government of another state. Only a few short years ago Syria was one of the most stable states in the middle east, and look at it today, an almost defunct nation, with millions crawling across adjacent borders, not to escape the government, but to evade the dangers all around made worse by idiotic Muslims who have poured into their country, many from our own nation,with no legitimate excuse other than to cause mayhem in order to inflict a brutal Sharia regime on them. And we have a schoolboy FM in Hague wishing to involve us in this illicit enterprise whilst he criticises Russia for wanting to protect a large number of what appears to be ethnic Russians in Ukraine, but without entering that state as he would have our forces do to Syria. As for those who have departed the UK, sod 'em, tell them to stay away,we do not need armed insurgents here, for sure as eggs are eggs, once back, with their training gained in the Syrian theatre of conflict, they will most certainly have itchy trigger fingers, and without doubt, be more than willing to set up camp within many parts of Britain where their hold can be easily gained due to the fear they can generate amongst their own communities. They will be a ticking time bomb, ready willing and able to cause upset, death and destruction once they get the feeling we have a soft underbelly with no political will to give back tenfold what they dish out. varteg1
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4:15pm Fri 25 Apr 14

mixxer says...

varteg1 wrote:
If the UK state had any balls it would refuse re entry to anyone found to be joining a bunch of murdering thugs using a religion as their excuse for so doing, whilst engaging in an attempt to overthrow the legitimate government of another state.

Only a few short years ago Syria was one of the most stable states in the middle east, and look at it today, an almost defunct nation, with millions crawling across adjacent borders, not to escape the government, but to evade the dangers all around made worse by idiotic Muslims who have poured into their country, many from our own nation,with no legitimate excuse other than to cause mayhem in order to inflict a brutal Sharia regime on them.

And we have a schoolboy FM in Hague wishing to involve us in this illicit enterprise whilst he criticises Russia for wanting to protect a large number of what appears to be ethnic Russians in Ukraine, but without entering that state as he would have our forces do to Syria.

As for those who have departed the UK, sod 'em, tell them to stay away,we do not need armed insurgents here, for sure as eggs are eggs, once back, with their training gained in the Syrian theatre of conflict, they will most certainly have itchy trigger fingers, and without doubt, be more than willing to set up camp within many parts of Britain where their hold can be easily gained due to the fear they can generate amongst their own communities.

They will be a ticking time bomb, ready willing and able to cause upset, death and destruction once they get the feeling we have a soft underbelly with no political will to give back tenfold what they dish out.
Too right.
These people are not British, they are Islamists and do not belong here. Ban them from re-entering the country, in the meantime can't we deport Hague to Syria? He seems so determined for others to get involved there but is surprisingly hesitant to volunteer himself! Folk could be forgiven for thinking he is nothing but a cowardly gobsh*te.
[quote][p][bold]varteg1[/bold] wrote: If the UK state had any balls it would refuse re entry to anyone found to be joining a bunch of murdering thugs using a religion as their excuse for so doing, whilst engaging in an attempt to overthrow the legitimate government of another state. Only a few short years ago Syria was one of the most stable states in the middle east, and look at it today, an almost defunct nation, with millions crawling across adjacent borders, not to escape the government, but to evade the dangers all around made worse by idiotic Muslims who have poured into their country, many from our own nation,with no legitimate excuse other than to cause mayhem in order to inflict a brutal Sharia regime on them. And we have a schoolboy FM in Hague wishing to involve us in this illicit enterprise whilst he criticises Russia for wanting to protect a large number of what appears to be ethnic Russians in Ukraine, but without entering that state as he would have our forces do to Syria. As for those who have departed the UK, sod 'em, tell them to stay away,we do not need armed insurgents here, for sure as eggs are eggs, once back, with their training gained in the Syrian theatre of conflict, they will most certainly have itchy trigger fingers, and without doubt, be more than willing to set up camp within many parts of Britain where their hold can be easily gained due to the fear they can generate amongst their own communities. They will be a ticking time bomb, ready willing and able to cause upset, death and destruction once they get the feeling we have a soft underbelly with no political will to give back tenfold what they dish out.[/p][/quote]Too right. These people are not British, they are Islamists and do not belong here. Ban them from re-entering the country, in the meantime can't we deport Hague to Syria? He seems so determined for others to get involved there but is surprisingly hesitant to volunteer himself! Folk could be forgiven for thinking he is nothing but a cowardly gobsh*te. mixxer
  • Score: 2

7:09pm Fri 25 Apr 14

welshmen says...

Islam is a Colonising Ideology, Muslims are instructed from birth to death in the Islamic loop, once in that Loop you very rarely get out alive, Islam is to them like our Country is to us, we would fight to save it, Muslims would fight for Islam to get our Country, that's the difference, until our Government realise the threat they pose then the more Islam will advance here, and it'snot only here, we all know from the News media what they are up to across the World.

The Radicals her in our Country are saying in front of our Police force in our Capital City, "UK go to hell" "Sharia will rule the World", you may think these protesters are just idiots, well they are not, their all part of the Islamic Loop on it's way to Rule our Country, the Laws made by our Governments are to silence any spoken hate on Religion or Race or person even if it's the truth, yes the truth, the Laws are there to let Islam continue to spread, America, Canada, the same is happing there, there are jihadist training camps in both Countries, Obama's top security committee has about six Muslims on it, we have some in Westminster all helping their course, The Muslim Brotherhood has an Office in Our Capital City, America has dropped some of the sanctions against Iran for no reason, Israel is waiting for an attack off Iran, we need a Government strong enough to ask Islam and it's followers to leave this Christian based Country any time soon....Birth right is no right for Islam to Rule our Country....They are in our Government, our Councils, our NHS, our Schools, our Forces, yet they don't marry into our people like other Immigrants, why? because Islam instructs them NOT to, we are the unbelievers and hated by Islam....
Islam is a Colonising Ideology, Muslims are instructed from birth to death in the Islamic loop, once in that Loop you very rarely get out alive, Islam is to them like our Country is to us, we would fight to save it, Muslims would fight for Islam to get our Country, that's the difference, until our Government realise the threat they pose then the more Islam will advance here, and it'snot only here, we all know from the News media what they are up to across the World. The Radicals her in our Country are saying in front of our Police force in our Capital City, "UK go to hell" "Sharia will rule the World", you may think these protesters are just idiots, well they are not, their all part of the Islamic Loop on it's way to Rule our Country, the Laws made by our Governments are to silence any spoken hate on Religion or Race or person even if it's the truth, yes the truth, the Laws are there to let Islam continue to spread, America, Canada, the same is happing there, there are jihadist training camps in both Countries, Obama's top security committee has about six Muslims on it, we have some in Westminster all helping their course, The Muslim Brotherhood has an Office in Our Capital City, America has dropped some of the sanctions against Iran for no reason, Israel is waiting for an attack off Iran, we need a Government strong enough to ask Islam and it's followers to leave this Christian based Country any time soon....Birth right is no right for Islam to Rule our Country....They are in our Government, our Councils, our NHS, our Schools, our Forces, yet they don't marry into our people like other Immigrants, why? because Islam instructs them NOT to, we are the unbelievers and hated by Islam.... welshmen
  • Score: 2
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