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Extreme measures to stop youth joining ISIL

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An arrangment of British daily newspapers photographed in London on February 27, 2015 shows the front-page headlines and stories regarding the identification of the masked Islamic State group militant dubbed "Jihadi John". An arrangment of British daily newspapers photographed in London on February 27, 2015 shows the front-page headlines and stories regarding the identification of the masked Islamic State group militant dubbed "Jihadi John". (Picture courtesy- AFP)

Britain and Europe

The British and European authorities are faced with a dilemma: How to curb the flow of youth to the conflicts in Iraq and Syria.

Drastic measures are planned now to scrutinise every travel document at exit points: Harbors and airports after three teenage schoolgirls took advantage of the school mid-erm to sneak off to the Turkish Border and then to Syria to be ‘Jihadi Wives’.
To date, over 3,000 young Europeans and British citizens, according to intelligence reports, are in the belligerents camps for one reason or another.

Shamina Begum, Ameena Abbas and Khadisha Sultan were all from the Bethnal Green Bangladeshi enclave in East London. They were aged between 15 and 16, and would have had their GCE O level exams in May.

But arguably the scoop was the identity of ‘be- header’ nick named Jihadi John as a computer graduate; affluent twenty-six-year-old Mohammed Emzazi, a Kuwaiti-born Briton. Videos of Emzazi issuing threats with a distinct North London accent before the beheadings of American, Japanese and British journalists were described with horror, and PM Cameron vowed to capture him.

A school master from Bolton Lancashire was sentenced to six years imprisonment by a Manchester Court on Thursday. His crime was denounced to the authorities by his parents. This shows a gaping chasm between generations in Middle East conflicts.
Peter Casie Chetty in England

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