British jihadis fighting in Syria want to come home after becoming disillusioned with the conflict, it emerged today.

In the last three years, more than 500 radicalised Britons are believed to have headed out to the war-torn country, where Islamist groups are fighting President Bashar Assad’s forces.

But some of those who signed up to fight have now contacted authorities in Britain saying they have had enough of the war-zone and want to return home, it was reported today.

A man representing a group of 30 militants reportedly contacted King’s College London’s International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR), telling them his group want to come back.

The men, who went to the region in the hope of toppling President Assad, are reportedly unhappy at having to fight against other rebel factions.

According to The Times, the man told researchers: ‘We came to fight the regime and instead we are involved in gang warfare. It’s not what we came for but if we go back [to Britain] we will go to jail.’

The ICSR’s Professor Peter Neumann told newspaper: ‘The people we have been talking to . . . want to quit but feel trapped because all the Government is talking about is locking them up for 30 years.’

He believes as many as a fifth of British fighters in the country could be trying to find a way out of their current situation.

He claimed less-hardened jihadists could be used to show would-be recruits that the reality of battle may not match the image presented by ISIS propaganda.

At least 40 of the estimated 250 Britons to have already returned from the region have been arrested and are now facing trial on terrorism charges.

Labour leader Ed Miliband has suggested a mandatory programme of de-radicalisation for people involved on the fringes of radical groups like ISIS.

But the government has been reluctant to support any scheme which could allow wrongdoers to escape punishment for their crimes.

News of waning morale among British jihadis came after terrorism experts said social media posts show many Westerners who took up arms are ‘immature’.

After studying what fighters had posted online, Professor Greg Barton, from the Global Terrorism Research Centre at Monash University, told Daily Mail Australia: ‘We’re dealing with young men doing foolish things, driven by peer pressure and a desire for affirmation.

‘I think it’s generally true from (their) social media posts that what we see reflects a fairly juvenile mentality.’

Yesterday, a fighter who defected from ISIS said the British militant seen in recent execution videos–who is known as ‘Jihadi John’–was chosen to carry out the task to make other Westerners feel ‘part of cause’.

The man told CNN: ‘It is possible that the goal was to project the image that a European or a Western person executed an American so that they can showcase their Western members and appeal to others outside Syria.’

Led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIS–which comes from the Arabic word ‘al-Sham’, meaning Levant, Syria or Damascus–has overrun large areas of Syria and Iraq.

In June, it seized control of Mosul, Fallujah and Tikrit in northern Iraq in a series of deadly military offensives.

Although its exact size is unclear, the extremist group is believed to include thousands of fighters and is highly fanatical, often killing Shia Muslims and Christians.

This week, the group released a video of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff being beheaded, calling the execution retaliation for U.S. air strikes.

The footage also featured British aid worker David Haines, 44, who was captured by militants near Atmeh refugee camp in Syria and has been threatened with beheading.

David Cameron, who is coming under growing pressure to unleash a military response, said Britain would use ‘everything we have in our armoury’ to squeeze ISIS out of existence.

But yesterday, he told fellow NATO leaders not to pay ransoms for hostages as it only increases kidnappings and funds further terrorism.

The Prime Minister is now preparing to personally brief a member of the Haines family on the latest developments in the case.

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  • Bunky

    Not a one should be trusted.
    Every one of them should be jailed for a very long time.
    Let them out when they are 80 years old in the middle east.

    • Michael Whalen

      They should NOT be jailed for a long time. The should be executed for treason, the instant they set foot back on British soil.

    • 1stworlder

      Why keep paying for them deport or execute.

    • ejXinMI

      Execution is the right response.

    • benvad

      Turn them over to Assad and let them sell their organs on the black market.

    • SoulInvictus

      “Plead to Return to UK After Becoming Disillusioned with the Conflict”

      The response should have been a simple “No backsies”.

    • DonReynolds

      Traitors do not get jail time…..they get a necktie party or a firing squad.

  • Garrett Brown

    Knowing Britains policies now a days they will undoubtedly be allowed back in. Expect more London-esque bombings coming to a city near you.

    • DaveMed

      They are refugees from their own mistakes.

      Life is all about second chances, right?

      • Garrett Brown

        We should love everyone equally, no matter how many heads they cut off, okay buddy?

      • I would love a second chance, but it isn’t very important anymore.

    • saxonsun

      And encouraged to strut down that red carpet.

  • phorning

    The best punishment would be to cancel their passports and make them stay in Iraq or Syria.

    • DonReynolds

      No…..they are British citizens and should be charged with treason…..not let free in any other country.

  • DaveMed

    I suspect that, once again, Britain will grant the wishes of those committed to its destruction. I can see it now:

    David Cameron: “Turning the other cheek and forgiving Muslims who care more about jihad than Britain has always been a fundamental British principle. Would-be jihadists have built the fabric of this nation/empire.”

  • MekongDelta69

    What should happen:
    “Ahh – Too bad Achmed and Mohammed. Cya, wouldn’t wanna be ya.”

    What will happen:
    “C’mon back Achmed and Mohammed. Can we get you some tea and crumpets while we wait for your seat in the Parliament to open up?”

  • Adolf Verloc

    Let them stay until a drone with their name on it shows up. The Brits would be mad to trust them.

  • IstvanIN

    ‘We’re dealing with young men doing foolish things, driven by peer pressure and a desire for affirmation.
    Boyhood pranks sure have changed since I was young.

    • Adolf Verloc

      Indeed. We thought it was a hoot to TP somebody’s house. Nobody ever told me about the delights of decapitation.

    • SoulInvictus

      From minor vandalism and sneaking beer/cigarettes/porn to rocket launchers and beheading.
      I feel drastically better about my youthful indiscretions.

      Thanks jihadis!

    • DonReynolds

      I SAY…..let’s not keep those 72 virgins waiting. Action this day.

  • Cecil Broomsted

    These “British” or “Western” jihadis are typically non-white Arabic or African and have no business in Britain to begin with let alone being allowed to return.

    • NoMosqueHere

      They are not British and never will be.

  • OTOH, the good news is that this probably means ISIS is on the decline.

  • james AZ

    many of modern wooden Trojan horses . WAKE UP IDIOITIS WHITES

  • Adolf Verloc

    The Brits hanged Lord Haw-Haw after WWII just for making broadcasts. These little swine don’t even deserve that much.

  • NoMosqueHere

    These muslim fiends realize it’s less deadly to wage jihad in London than Iraq.

  • Long Live Dixie

    British jihadis fighting in Syria want to come home after becoming disillusioned with the conflict, it emerged today.

    They are home.

    • Samuel_Morton

      “That sure was fun going to my homeland to massacre some infidels, but can I come back to jolly old England for a while to collect some welfare and pimp out some of your underage girls?”

  • OS-Q

    ISIS doesn’t cover for housing, medical, blonde sex slaves, and dental like the good old UK government. Or was it that ISIS actually make these poor babies do some work once in a while that made them so disillusioned?

  • They don’t need to be jailed, but instead refused to be allowed to return to Britain.

    • IstvanIN

      Right. Why should HM’s government’s tax slaves support them?

    • Valmont

      Perhaps Jerry Brown will offer them refuge in his sanctuary state.

      • bilderbuster

        If they wear sombreros he could be their back up plan.

  • 4321realist

    “Dozens of British Muslims Who Went to Syria to Join ISIS ‘Plead to Return to UK After Becoming Disillusioned with the Conflict’

    They even promised not to bring any heads with them if they could come home.

    They really miss the white weenie freebie programs.

    • Adolf Verloc

      Why, all they need to do is quote to the authorities the words of the great Anglo-Saxon poet Rudyard Kipling: “If you can keep your head while those around you / Are losing theirs and blaming it on you. . .”

  • Michael Whalen

    Each and everyone of these worthless pos’s is a traitor to his country, and to Western Civilization. Each and everyone of them should instantly, automatically, and permanently lose his British citizenship, and never under any circumstances be permitted to return to England.

    • Or Scotland, Wales or Ireland.

    • DonReynolds

      Absolutely, I want them to return….in chains if necessary… stand trial for the charge of TREASON and punished accordingly.
      Otherwise, they will only kill more Brits or Americans in Syria or Iraq.

  • Larry Klein

    Odds are 50/50 they ‘ll be welcomed with open arms. Only the surrender- minded westerners could embolden these traitors to make such insane requests. They shouldnt put them in jail, but their ASHES under the jail.

  • Larry Klein

    Obama sending Air Force One and a team of lawyers to evacuate these Jihad Dreamers to Main Street USA

    • bilderbuster

      Obama will bring them to MLK Boulevard USA.

  • Zimriel

    Off with their heads.

    They’d do the same to us and, in fact, have done to the same to Christians locally.

  • bilderbuster

    How traitorous could the British government be to take this filth back?
    They should never have been allowed in Britain in the first place!

  • Joe Williams

    Absolutely. Any potential deserters amongst the ISIS ranks would be ‘terminated with extreme prejudice’, an exemplary punishment, just to ‘concentrate the minds of the others’; unless there was another stratagem to ensure that a sufficient number of these ‘recanters’ get back alive, get the softly-softly treatment, & then…reactivate & commit an atrocity. With muslims, given their talent for duplicity, this may well be the case.
    As a Brit, sickened by the years of pandering to the ‘religion of peace’ by our treasonous politicians, I hope the laser-guided bombs ensure that these ‘prodigal sons’ never return to my homeland. Extinction can be an effective deterrent.

  • archer

    If they let them back in they are truly brain dead.

  • none of your business

    According to Fox news; A Minnesota youth center is at the heart of a federal grand jury investigation into a suspected ISIS terrorist pipeline.The FBI says that someone on the ground in Minnesota is convincing young people to join the terror fight in Syria, then giving them money to get there.

    Up to 30 Somali-Americans who have reportedly joined or tried to join terrorist groups overseas had attended Al Farooq Youth and Family Center in Minnesota. That’s the same mosque that kicked out 31-year-old Amir Meshal this summer for allegedly proselytizing radical Islam ideologies.

    The center was formerly a Lutheran Christian high school donated to the somalian muslims by the generous Lutherans of the liberal wing. I know there is a Lutheran synod that is not ultra liberals importing somalians.

  • DonReynolds

    Terrorism charges?
    How about charging them with littering, when their empty brass was ejected from their weapons?
    No, these individuals need to be returned to “their country” that issued them a British passport, where they can be charged with TREASON and dealt with accordingly.

  • David Brims

    Test 123