Skip to comments.William Hague warns of threat to Britain from Syria fighters
Posted on 04/28/2013 2:34:36 PM PDT by haffast
Islamist extremists who have flocked to Syria to fight with groups linked to al-Qaeda pose a direct threat to Britain because they will return to plot attacks at home, William Hague, the Foreign Secretary has said.
Mr Hague said there was now uncontested space in Syria where Islamist groups were free to establish training camps that would equip and train foreign fighters, including British extremists.
In a letter to MPs, Mr Hague said his officials had concluded some of those trained would threaten British national security on their return. This is particularly concerning as we assess some of the individuals being trained will seek to carry out attacks against Western interests in the region or in Western states now or in the future, he wrote in response to a question on how the Syria conflict posed a threat to British security.
Richard Ottaway, the Conservative chairman of the Commons foreign affairs select committee, said he believed the letter showed Mr Hague would declare that Britain was ready to intervene in Syrias civil war by arming rebels not under jihadist influence.
Jihadists are using the conflict to push their own agenda. This is something that must be addressed by Britain in the national interest, he said. The obvious next step is to arm the rebels. I think Mr Hague will take a decision and he is going to tell Parliament that is what we are doing.
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Well, we can't have that! Maybe we can just take all that equipment that's being withdrawn from Afghanistan and direct it on to Syria?
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This is the same Hague talking about arming the rebels:
Is this really the same person speaking?!?!
They don’t have a damn clue.
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Lebanon will be next.