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Sheffield man planned to 'fight for ISIS' in Iraq

Sheffield man in court on terror charges Credit: PA

A Kurdish immigrant living in Sheffield and accused of trying to join Islamic State in Iraq is to appear at the Old Bailey next month.

It was claimed at Westminster magistrates court today that 20-year-old Shivan Aziz, from Washington Road, and another man were allegedly plotting to join the Salahaddin Battalion, a Kurdish group fighting for IS

Aziz, arrested at a mosque in Birmingham last week, was charged with preparing acts of terrorism under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act and will appear at the Old Bailey on June 23rd.

Yorkshire 'freedom fighter' released from jail in Iraq

Halifax man Joe Akerman who has been freed from prison in Iraq Credit: Joe Akerman/Facebook

Two British men - including one from Yorkshire - and an Irish man have been freed from jail in Iraq after being detained as they travelled home from fighting against the so-called Islamic State, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has said.

Former soldier Joe Akerman who is from Halifax, Jac Holmes, and former Royal Irish Regiment soldier Joshua Molloy were incarcerated in a Kurdish-controlled area of northern Iraq after crossing a border with Syria.

It is understood the men, who are believed to have been fighting alongside the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), were freed last night.

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Society 'must be vigilant' to spot radicalisation signs

British society must stay "vigilant" to spot signs of radicalisation in young people, Philip Hammond has said.

Talha Asmal, 17, reportedly became Britain's youngest suicide bomber when he blew himself up while fighting for Islamic State in Iraq.

Speaking about the teenager's death, the foreign secretary said: "Teachers, parents, social workers, people in the community all need to be vigilant and look for signs of early radicalisation."

Dewsbury MP calls for community to unite

Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff has called for the community to unite after news about the teenager suicide bomber, Talha Asmal.

Both myself and the community in Dewsbury are deeply shocked and devastated by the news of Talha Asmal. I met his family yesterday evening and they are understandably traumatised by what has happened.

What we have to do now is come together and do all we can to ensure no more impressionable young people are brainwashed by those behind Isis. These evil people use the internet and social media to target impressionable young people, painting a very different picture to the reality of what is really happening in Isis-controlled areas.

We need to ensure that we have a robust plan to work with the community; we need work with the schools, the mosques, churches, the community groups and parents to try and ensure that young people are aware of the reality of what is actually happening in Syria and Iraq.

There is so much good about Dewsbury, yet once again our town has hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons. I want our community to now demonstrate all that is positive about Dewsbury by remaining united, working together to come up with strategies to ensure that no other boys or girls follow this path.”

– Paula Sherriff, MP for Dewsbury
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Ex-extremist: No doubt teen suicide bomber groomed

A man once considered the "godfather" of the British jihadi movement has said there is no doubt a 17-year-old - who has apparently become Britain's youngest suicide bomber - was groomed.

Abu Muntasir, who used to recruit extremists, told Good Morning Britain that Talha Asmal had committed an "abhorrent crime" and said parents need to have more communication with their children to prevent similar tragedies.

"There is grooming, no doubt - I know how we used to convince people by ignoring a lot of facts on the ground, ignoring reality and alternative views amongst Muslims and Muslim teaching," he said.

"So the parents need to have more communication with their children, they need to have more of an overseeing aspect of how to be a good parent.

"It's totally despicable what he (Talha) has done, it is an abhorrent crime, and we should be very careful."

Dewsbury suicide bomber - Yvette Cooper statement

"This is a very disturbing case and our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who died or were injured in this appalling terrorist attack.

"This case shows how important it is for the Government to have a proper counter-terrorism strategy, which not only includes measures to track, monitor and prosecute terror suspects, but also includes a much stronger plan for community-led action to prevent young people being drawn towards the lies and hate filled ideology of Isil.

"We have known for a long time that Isil was using social media to recruit young people to join their bloody war.

"So why don't we have a proper plan in place for communities to be able to proactively counter the lies they spread and undermine their attempts to glorify the civil war they are fuelling?

"Despite a new counter terrorism strategy, the Government are well behind on tackling this. "Their proposals are confused and they continue to refuse to properly refuse community-led Prevent programmes which could make a massive difference in stopping young people being drawn in by terrorist groups."

– Yvette Cooper MP, Shadow Home Secretary
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