700 ‘Terror Suspects’ Have Travelled to Syria, Scotland Yard Says

David Barrett, Telegraph, May 14, 2015

More than 700 Britons of “significant concern” have travelled to Syria, the country’s top counter-terrorism officer has disclosed.

Mark Rowley, the Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner, revealed the new figure as he said he was becoming increasingly concerned that young people who would once join street gangs are now turning to terrorism.

More than a third of the 700 suspects who have been to follow jihad in Islamic State are now back in Britain, Mr Rowley confirmed.

The “make up” of terrorism is changing with more girls, women and younger boys becoming involved, he said.

“It is a replication of gang crime,” said Mr Rowley.

“Young people who were getting drawn into gang crime, particularly those with troubled histories, are now turning to this.”

Data released by the Met showed last year saw the largest number if terrorism arrests on record.

There were 338 suspects detained in 2014/15 – the equivalent of almost one a day.

Of those 11 per cent were female and 17 per cent were under 20.

“The make up of terrorism is changing,” said Mr Rowley.

“We would not have seen that five or 10 years ago.”

The 338 arrests last year compared with just 254 in the previous 12 months.

Nearly eight out of 10 of the suspects arrested were British nationals, according to the Scotland Yard figures.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Met Commissioner, said he supported the Conservative Government’s announcement that it would seek to update powers to obtain communications data.

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, said last week there would be a renewed push to bring in a so-called “snooper’s charter” to maintain the security services’ ability to monitor electronic communications by terrorists and criminals.

“The Home Secretary’s announcement is a welcome development,” Sir Bernard said.

“It’s a vital one that has been delayed too long.”

Mr Rowley also said he thought the Government’s “Prevent” strategy, which aims to stop people being drawn into extremism and terrorism, may need broadening.

He said there may be a case for introducing new powers to make it compulsory for suspects to become involved with Prevent, which is currently only on a voluntary footing.

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  • MekongDelta69

    “More than 700 Britons of “significant concern” have travelled to Syria”

    They’re no more ‘British‘ than I am a Martian.

    • Jason Lewis


  • The disheartening aspect to this story is that the 338 were allowed to return. The ones that left and will hopefully stay away, that’s a cause for celebration.

  • Oil Can Harry

    Why’s Cameron complaining?

    After all, these terrorist-tourists are fighting for ISIS against the same Syrian gov’t Cameron tried to launch a neocon war against in 2013.

  • SentryattheGate

    Duh! Like this wasn’t predictable!!!! Bring in foreigners of a vastly different (and oppositional) culture and expect them to feel grateful and blend in????

  • John Smith

    I’m sure those that came back did so to vote for Labour and the SNP so they could get more govt. money and support for their jihad and importing further recruits.

  • Light from the East

    Mr Rowley: “The make up of terrorism is changing”
    Ans: It is indeed changing as long with the demographic base of the UK.
    Mr Rowley: “We would not have seen that five or 10 years ago.”
    Ans: If you are familiar with the history of Islam, we’ve seen it a lot since the 6th century.

    Minor crimes -> gang crimes -> terrorism. What do you expect when you have large number of young Muslim population? Not even to mention more of them will grow up to add more troubles.

  • Hilis Hatki

    Looks like Scotland Yard and The Pentagon drink the same Super Potion.

    • Cid Campeador

      These terrorists can get right back to the task of raping young British girls and turning them out.

  • Cid Campeador

    Those who returned should be executed forthwith by a firing squad.
    I suppose that everyone knows that Tsarnaev got the Death Penalty. The parents of one of his victims asked that the penalty be dropped. That means and appeal trial.
    He will never face the executioner and will probably get a Presidential pardon if Obama EVER leaves office. Perhaps Mumiya, Letalvus, Lemaricus and scores of others will join him.

  • DonReynolds

    A new form of travel…..”combat tourism”…..just pop over to Syria for a thrilling vacation, where you get an opportunity to murder and rape, commune with the other Jihads, and take the usual vids for YouTube. We used to arrest people who do that sort of thing for violating the neutrality of the United States. (I recall Tom Horn was court martialed when he was a scout for the US Cavalry for “invading Mexico” during one of the Indian wars.)

  • DonReynolds

    No….allow them to return and then hang them at the airport as pirates…..which they are…..now called terrorists. Until they are taken as a serious threat, they will not get what they richly deserve.

  • mobilebay

    Will we follow Britian’s lead and allow the traitors to return to our country? I would not be surprised.

  • Who Me?

    Let ’em go.
    Don’t let ’em return.