UK Parliament Releases Its Report on Foreign Fighters

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Author: 

Michael Plachta

Date Published: 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Volume: 

31

Issue: 

4

Subject Areas: 

Border Security
International Cooperation
International Crimes
Legal Ethics
Penalties
Policy/Directives
Terrorism

Geographic Identifier: 

Iraq
Syria
United Kingdom

Abstract: 

On March 26, 2015, the Home Affairs Committee appointed by the UK House of Commons released its nineteenth report on counter-terrorism. The whole document focuses on foreign fighters. The Committee refers to some data revealed by the Association of Chief Police Officers: it has reported a 58 percent increase in referrals to Channel in the year leading up to December 2014. There have been over 2,000 referrals since April 2012. Committee’s previous report on Counter-terrorism, published in May 2014, highlighted the alarming number of UK citizens and residents travelling to fight in foreign conflicts, notably in Syria.