British Jihadis ‘Could Jump Queue For Council Houses And Get Help Finding Jobs’

British jihadis suspected of fighting in Syria could be offered help with finding jobs and counselling, it has been reported.

A Government strategy named Operation Constrain could see extremists jump the queue for council houses , according to the Mail on Sunday (MoS).

The newspaper said it has seen official documents which show up to 20,000 fanatics previously investigated by the security services, will be targeted to persuade them to reject violence.

Some of these ISIS fighters in Syria are believed to be from Britain

According to the MoS the Home Office, police and local authorities have drawn up the plans, which will start next year, and could see suspects visited by MI5 and counter-terror officers.

A panel would then decide on what interventions would work for the individual – this could include help with housing, finding work or getting education, and referrals for any mental health issues, the newspaper reports.

A Home Office spokesman said the Government is “committed to doing everything possible to protect our communities from the threat of terrorism “.

Jihadi John was killed by a drone strike
ISIS killer Jihadi John was killed by a drone strike

“To respond to this threat, it is vital that we use all the means at our collective disposal to divert people away from terrorist-related activity and we are exploring the best ways of doing this with our partners,” he added.

“We are also reviewing our counter terrorism strategy to make sure we respond to the evolving threat in the most effective way we can, both now and in the future.”

A report released this week said Britain has one of the largest populations of returning fighters and others who travelled to join Islamic State.

Both these ISIS fighters hiding their faces with gas masks in Syria are thought to be British citizens(Image: Internet Unknown)
Around 850 UK-linked individuals “of national security concern” made the journey to engage with the conflict in Syria, with just under half of those believed to have returned.The likes of Sally Jones, known as the White Widow, and Mohammed Emwazi, who was called Jihadi John were killed during the conflict.

‘White Widow’ Sally Jones died in Syria while ‘Jihadi Jack’ denies he is a fighter with ISIS

Jihadi John killed several western hostages in Syria including Scottish aid worker David Haines who was beheaded in 2014.

Yesterday we told how Jihadi Jack , a 21-year-old from Oxford called Jack Letts, had been captured by Kurdish forces while in Syria and was hoping to return home.

The former ISIS stronghold of Raqqa is now in ruins and their fighters have fled with many expected to return to Britain (Image: REUTERS)

He would join approximately 425 other returnees which is the fourth highest for individual nations in an analysis published by the Soufan Centre and the Global Strategy Network.

Meanwhile, a Briton fighting against the murderous ISIS terror group has warned that letting jihadis return to the UK is like “inviting the wolf to dinner”.

Having battled the extremists for the past three years alongside Syrian Democratic Forces, Macer Gifford said there was a “real risk” those returning could carry out terror attacks.

Earlier this month Max Hill QC spoke of “losing a generation” by automatically using the courts to punish those who have travelled to the war zone, with the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation calling for a focus on “reintegration”.

Macer Gifford said letting IS jihadis return to the UK is like “inviting the wolf to dinner”. (Image: PA)

But Mr Gifford, 30, from Cambridge, has issued a plea to the Government to sit up and listen as he states it is not possible for former IS fighters to come back and be reformed.

He said: “As someone who has been out here and seen what the Islamic State is like on the ground and what they have done to the people – this is a wake up call and a warning to Britain.

Internet pic shows: David Haines the aid worker being held by ISIL in Syria
Scottish aid worker David Haines was killed by British ISIS extremist Jihadi John

“When I see a man like this official who said he wants these young people back, when I see them saying this on national television – you are inviting the wolf to dinner.

“You are inviting back into the country an insidious virus, that we are actually almost grateful to see go, because they have attacked us and in the places that mean the most to British people.

“That is our children in Manchester and the very heart of our democracy in London Bridge.”

ISIS fighters wave flags in Raqqa in 2014 but they have now fled and some are likely to head to Britain(Image: Reuters)

Mr Gifford, a former London-based banker who worked in foreign exchange before heading to the Middle East, and who uses a pseudonym to protect his family, said the fanatics could not be trusted.

“The foreign fighters are actually by far the worst, and the most aggressive, most deranged of all the Islamic State fighters,” he said.

“They are the ones who have come from abroad and forced their twisted, perverse ideology on to the people. These are individuals who have had every opportunity to live a normal happy life in Britain, America, France and other places.

“Yet they’ve basically spat in the face of everything that we hold dear – our democracy, our shared values of secularism and multiculturalism.

“They have gone to Syria to butcher, murder and rape people, sell people into sexual slavery, and they tear up their passports as an act of defiance.”

He said these battle-hardened jihadis, who are now being hunted by drones, are faced with the choice of dying or returning to the UK and riding out a prison sentence.

“You can’t trust these people,” he said, highlighting how they would not want to come back to Britain if they had not lost.

“Their concept of reality is way off, they can’t be reformed in my opinion. They are completely lost to us as human beings.”

Jihadi John is thought to have murdered several westerners in ISIS propaganda videos

Mr Gifford warned that those returning could carry out an attack on British soil as they look to “go out with more of an even bigger bang than dying in a ditch”.

Currently in Syria and beginning the journey back to the UK now Raqqa has been liberated, Mr Gifford fought against IS in every major battle, and said he was motivated to do so because of their “butchery”.

The combat medic admitted his concern over being detained once he touches down in Britain, and said an arrest for a terrorism offence on his record would be “terrible”.

He said his focus is to see his family, rest and enjoy a “massive steak dinner”, before looking to try and build a hospital or school in northern Syria.

Pressed on what life has been like fighting with the Kurdish militia (YPG) and the Syriac Military Council (MFS), he said it had been “incredibly hard”.

SISfighters parade on military vehicles along the streets of Raqqa in 2014 (Image: REUTERS)

With “poor food” and “terrible violence”, Mr Gifford said he “endured the life of a guerrilla fighter”.

He revealed that meeting and fighting alongside others, such as fellow Briton Jac Holmes, 24, who was killed earlier this week, had been a “real honour”.

Quizzed on his experiences, he said treating injured soldiers or seeing dead bodies in a variety of states was not something that particularly bothered him.

“But what is the worst, is actually having a man who is alive who is injured and then dies – you see that whole progression,” he said.

“I have had my hand on people’s chest feeling their heartbeat stop in my hand. It is literally horrifying to see a young man die because of war.”

Mr Gifford also said he had seen a former IS prison where there were bloodstains on the walls and floor, and inside brothels where young Yazidi women were raped.

“It is almost like I have glimpsed into hell by being here. I have seen everything,” he said.