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Former soldier 'fighting with Kurds against Isis in Syria'

A former soldier is thought to be among a growing number of Brits joining the fight against Isis inside Syria. Pictures and videos suggest that James Hughes, from Reading, is in Rojava, northern Syria, helping to defend the beleaguered city of Kobani. Correspondent Dan Rivers reports.


  1. Chris Ship

Brits can come home but will be subject to checks

Fighting in Syria started in 2011. Credit: Reuters

Britons fighting in Syria can come home, but the Home Office reserves the right to prove they are telling the truth about being involved in acts of terrorism.

They could be subject to monitoring and a full investigation, including M16 and M16 probes.

One of the most controversial measures announced by David Cameron last week was to take their passports away temporarily and put them on a 'no-fly list.'

But that has not even been discussed in parliament yet and will be subject to legislation.

  1. Rohit Kachroo

'Significant number' of Brits in Syria want to come home

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A "significant number" of the 500 Britons who went to fight in Syria now want to return home.

These include some who have witnesses the atrocities of Islamic State firsthand.

Should they be allowed to return home? It is a question not just affecting the UK, but many Western countries.

Denmark has been positively welcoming in the return of jihadists, believing firmly in the process of rehabilitation.

But the Danish example has proved that sifting between the dangerous and the disillusioned can be a complex and expensive process.


Exclusive: Brit fighting in Syria fears returning home

A British man trying to return home from fighting in Syria has told ITV News he fears what might happen to him if he does.

The man - who spoke on condition of anonymity - says he went to Syria a year ago to fight the Assad regime, not to bring terror back to the streets of Britain.

Before he joined the conflict, he had a full-time job earning a £40,000 salary.

But now he says he has little choice but to carry on fighting as he does not known what will happen to him under the government's proposed new counter-terror laws.

ITV's UK Editor Rohit Kachroo has this exclusive report:

US-led air strikes in Syria kill 865 people

Air strikes by US-led forces in Syria have killed 865 people - including 50 civilians - since the start of the campaign against Islamic State in September, a group monitoring the war said.

US-led air strikes have helped stop the advance of IS militants. Credit: Reuters

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 746 of the deaths were Islamic State fighters, but suggested that the actual figure could be much higher.

Eight of the civilians were women and children, the group said.

Sixty-eight members of al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front were also killed.

Officials investigating claims of British suicide bomber

The Foreign Office is investigating claims that a British man was involved in a suicide bombing in Iraq. The man, named in reports as Kabir Ahmed from Derby, is thought to have died in an attack in the town of Beiji, north of Baghdad.

The 32-year-old is said not to have told his family that he was fleeing Britain to fight for terrorist organisation Islamic State.

It would make Ahmed the second British jihadist suicide bomber, after Abdul Waheed Majeed - a 41-year-old father-of-three from Crawley in West Sussex - blew himself up in February in Syria.

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