Syria-linked arrests in Britain soar in 2014

A Free Syrian Army fighter fires towards a village controlled by Assad forces. Credit: Reuters

Last month 16 people were arrested on accusations of planning or attempting to travel to the Syria or returning from its battlefields and training camps.

The soaring arrest figures - which compare with just 24 Syria-related terror arrests in 2013 - are evidence of an increased focus on the terror threat posed by a number of young Britons gaining paramilitary training and battlefield experience overseas.

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Brits warned they face jail if they take part in Syria conflict

The head of counter-terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service has warned Britons that they could face jail if they travel to Syria to take part in the conflict or attending rebel training camps.