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Muslim extremists from Britain, who went to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside the Islamic State, are now desperate to return home but are facing death threats from the militant group's top leaders, a media report said.
"There are Britons who upon wanting to leave have been threatened with death, either directly or indirectly," the Guardian reported, citing a source with extensive contacts among Syrian militant groups.
The report comes after the killing of another young Muslim from Portsmouth on the frontline in Syria, the fourth to die from a group of six men known as the "Pompey lads' who travelled together to fight for ISIS.
The former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg confirmed that he was also aware of dozens of British men keen to return to the UK but they were trapped in Syria and Iraq, in effect held by a group they wanted to leave, the paper said.
Begg said he knew of more than 30 who wanted to come back. They had travelled to join rebels fighting the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad but had subsequently become embroiled with ISIS, some for language reasons – ISIS had more English-speaking members.
"When it becomes solidified as an Islamic State, a caliph and you swear allegiance, thereafter if you do something disobedient you are now disobeying the caliph and could be subject to disciplinary measures which could include threats of death or death," said Begg.
There are an estimated 500 Britons who have travelled to fight in Iraq and Syria. Overall, 24 Britons are believed to have died after travelling to fight in the bloody civil war.
Whats the matter, did you think, it will be picnic or Call Of Duty ? Kill few unarmed civilians, rape some and go back to mommy and daddy on welfare when you feel tired ?
Whats the matter Jackasses, did you think, it will be picnic or Call Of Duty ? Kill few unarmed civilians, rape some and go back to mommy and daddy on welfare when you feel tired ? Only way out is one way ticket to Meet Wahabi daddy sitting in Hell .
We asked Mubin Shaikh, a former jihadist, to offer context – and he says the answer is a mix of a search for identity, adventure and a false sense of reality.
"You reinforce in yourself this idea that you can participate in something far greater than your mundane existence at home," Shaikh told CNN's Michaela Pereira.
"It's better that your kid get arrested or at least talked to than be used as a sex slave," Shaikh said.
"A lot of them are living in a fantasy world and just don't understand what awaits them on the other side."
ISIS threatens to kill British jihadis wanting to return home
originally posted by: Spiramirabilis
Life - and youth - is like that sometimes. People feel they want to belong to something bigger than themselves - to fight for what's right - to protect the innocent