Britons fighting in Syria must have passports revoked MPs demand

Britons fighting in Syria must have passports revoked MPs demand

Home affairs committee report says alarming numbers of Britons are travelling to Syria and calls for urgent government action.

A cross-party group of MPs will call for more Britons travelling to fight in Syria to have their passports revoked, as two more were reported to have been killed.

The report by the House of Commons home affairs committee says the number of Britons travelling to Syria has reached alarming levels, and calls for urgent action by the government.

The MPs say revoking passports is a vital tool and express surprise that only 14 passports have been revoked since April last year.

The Foreign Office said it was aware of the reports that two more Britons had been killed and it is investigating. They would be the fourth and fifth Britons killed in Syria this year, three of them the result of rebel infighting.

Shiraz Maher, a senior fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, which monitors overseas fighters, said the two had been members of the extremist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant which has been involved with clashes with the al-Nusra Front.

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