Sr. defense sources say British special forces in Iraq have been handed a ”kill list” of 200 British jihadis to hunt down before they leave the country. The SAS hit list reportedly focuses on the ‘most senior members that pose a direct threat to the UK’.
The order is to kill or capture these individuals – British Islamists—who’ve effectively gone off-grid, sources told the Sunday Times. Some estimates suggest there could be “up to 700 British jihadis still fighting for ISIS in Iraq and Syria.”
This mission has reportedly already begun– with up to 100 British Special Forces members, believed to be operating in Iraq and Syria. The team of specialist soldiers is based near Baghdad, at the headquarters of US Joint Special Operations Command. They’ve also been assigned to provide advice and support to Iraqi forces trying to retake Mosul. With the likelihood that ISIS could be defeated in Iraq, military leaders have raised the possibility that homegrown jihadis, working for the terrorist organization in the Middle East, may return home and plan attacks on UK soil.
According to the Sunday Times, security services and police have spoken before about their fear of a so-called “Raqqa scatter” that could see British nationals abandon ISIS strongholds and return to the UK to establish terrorist cells.
The Times reports that the ‘kill list’ has been compiled from intelligence provided by MI5, MI6, and GCHQ. It’s said to include men and women like Sally Jones of Kent who’s now working as an ISIS recruiter in Syria.
Anyone on the list who is captured will be handed over to Iraqi authorities to be tried, officials said.
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