Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) leadership issued death threats to the British fighters amongst their ranks who are reportedly desperate to return to the UK, the Observer reported. At least 30 British militants fighting for ISIS want to return home, former Guantánamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg told the British newspaper, adding that they were held in Syria and Iraq against their will. These reports follow the death of yet another young British Muslim, Muhammad Mehdi Hassan, 19, who was reportedly killed in the battle to claim control over the Syrian-Kurdish town of Kobane, the fourth man to die in Syria from the UK city of Portsmouth.
Begg, who offered to help negotiate the release of British ISIS hostage Alan Henning but was refused by the British government, called that returning fighters be pardoned, and instead of being prosecuted be put through rehabilitation centers such as those in Denmark. “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,” he told the Observer. Many Britons are “stuck between a rock and a hard place,” Begg said adding that “there are a large number of people out there who want to come back. The number in January was around 30, that was the number given to me. That number has definitely increased since.”
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