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Extremist recruiters 'taking advantage of youths'

Many young people who travel to fight with militants in Syria and Iraq are recruited by extremist leaders taking advantage of their personal crises, a spokesman for an anti-extremist group has said.

Haras Rafiq. of the Quilliam Foundation, said that mosques teaching an extremist jihadi form of theology need to consider what it means to be both British and a Muslim.

Isis Briton: 'I want to die for the sake of Allah'

A British engineering student who has appeared in a recruitment video for the terror group Isis has said that he wants to die fighting.

Abdul Raqib Amin, who was raised in Aberdeen, said that leaving Britain was one of the happiest moments of his life because "as a Muslim you cannot live in the country of Kuffars (disbelievers)."

He said he was ready to go anywhere to fight, adding: "I want to die for the sake of Allah".

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British Isis fighter admits: I miss my parents

An British engineering student who travelled to join Isis militants in Syria has said that he is ready to fight to the death.

Abdul Raqib Amin, believed to be in his 20s, admitted to missing his parents in an interview with Good Morning Britain, but said that there was no turning back.

I'm going to stay and fight until the Khilafah (rule of Islam) is established or I die.

Raqib has been identified as one of the British militants in a recruitment video for Isis, alongside fellow British jihadists Nasser Muthana and Reyaad Khan. In it, he said that he had suffered from depression while living in the West, before adding: "The cure for the depression is jihad.”

But a former schoolfriend has said that he believed that Raqib had been "brainwashed" by Islamic extremists.

British Isis fighter: 'We'll fight anyone against Islam'

A British man turned poster boy for the terror group Isis has warned that he will "fight anyone who wants to fight against Islam".

Abdul Raqib Amin (R) in an Isis recruitment video with other British jihadists Credit: Isis

Abdul Raqib Amin, who grew up in Aberdeen before travelling to Iraq to join the militant group, told Good Morning Britain there are thousands of recruits joining the fighters from around the world.

Raqib said that the group would not attack the UK "yet", but said that Britons were Kuffars, meaning disbelievers, as he issued a stark warning that the group were ready to attack anyone who went against them.

"Whoever opposes us, who goes against Islam, we fight anyone who wants to fight against Islam," he said.

Raqib has been identified as one of the British militants in a recruitment video for Isis, alongside fellow British jihadists Nasser Muthana and Reyaad Khan. In it, he said that he had suffered from depression while living in the West, before adding: "The cure for the depression is jihad.”

Government freezes British jihadists' assets

The Government has frozen the assets of three British citizens reported to have been involved in terrorism-related activities in Syria.

Reyaad Khan, left, and Nasser Muthana, centre, have had their assets frozen. Credit: Isis

Nasser Muthana and Reyaad Khan, both from Cardiff, and Ruhul Amin, from Aberdeen, has been added to the Treasury's list of people targeted for financial sanctions, its website states.

Muthana and Amin appeared in a promotional video for the Islamist militant group Isis.

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Counter-terrorism chief: '500 Brits currently in Syria'

An estimated 500 British people are currently fighting in Syria, but the number could be far higher, the UK's counter-terrorism chief for the Association of Chief Police Officers told ITV News.

Sir Peter Fahy said many British families reported that young men in their family have gone abroad, but are not sure where.

"We know that a number of people have gone to areas like Turkey, a number of families have reported that the young men in the family have gone abroad, they're not sure where," he said.

Teenager bailed in Syria terrorism case

A 19-year-old man arrested at Heathrow airport on suspicion of "Syria related" terrorism offences has been released on bail, the Metropolitan Police have said.

Officers have since completed the search of an address in the Camden area of north London.

In a statement, the police said the arrest is "not in response to any immediate risk or threat".

A second man also arrested at the airport on Saturday on suspicion of assisting terrorism in Syria is still being held in custody.

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