'Dead jihadists can't harm UK', Gavin Williamson says

Cornelia Mascio
Dicembre 7, 2017

Britons who have travelled overseas to fight for the so-called Islamic State should be "eliminated" and not allowed to return home, the newly-installed Defence Secretary has said.

In what The Guardian calls "the strongest remarks yet from a senior cabinet minister", Britain's new defence minister, Gavin Williamson, told the Daily Mail that he advocated the targeting of British jihadists by the Armed Forces.

Should Briton who flee to Iraq and Syrai to join Islamic State be hunted down and killed?

"A dead terrorist can't cause any harm to Britain", Williamson said, adding that he believes terrorists should never be allowed to return home.

But the comments clashed with advise from the terror laws watchdog, who said Britain should aim to "reintegrate" some of the "naïve" jihadis who travel to warzones.

Prominent British militants such as Mohammed Emwazi, known as Jihadi John, and Sally Jones, have been reportedly killed by British or USA forces since travelling to fight for Islamic State.

After the death of Jones, who was known as the "White Widow", Fallon said that British nationals who chose to leave the United Kingdom and fight for Islamic State were a "legitimate target".

However, under British and worldwide law, an aspiration to eliminate all known British IS recruits will take a little more consideration than simply launching a drone laden with fire-and-forget missiles, the BBC says.

MPs have pushed for more information on the decision-making process, that some critics say could amount to an unreviewable secret power to launch "extra-judicial executions".

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