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National campaign launched to stop would-be terrorists travelling to Syria

The Argus: Abubaker Deghayes speaks to the press about his son Abdullah Deghayes who died in Syria Abubaker Deghayes speaks to the press about his son Abdullah Deghayes who died in Syria

A national campaign to stop would-be terrorists travelling to Syria is launching today.

The campaign comes after a dramatic rise in the number of people being arrested after going to the war-torn state, including a pair of men from Sussex.

UK authorities have long expressed fears about aspiring jihadis travelling to Syria for terrorist training, and it is thought that hundreds of Britons have already been there.

Abdullah Deghayes, 18, from Brighton, is believed to have died in Kassab, in Latakia province, earlier this month after leaving the UK in January.

His father Abubaker Deghayes, who learned of his son's death via Facebook, said his two others sons, Jaffar, 16, and 20-year-old Amer have also travelled to Syria and pleaded for them to return.

And Abdul Waheed Majeed, 41, is believed to have driven a lorry to a jail in Aleppo before detonating a bomb in February.

The married father of three, who was born and raised in Crawley, West Sussex, left Britain in 2013, telling his family he was going on a humanitarian mission to Syria.

Today, Scotland Yard said that 40 Syria-related arrests were made in the first three months of this year, up from 25 in the whole of last year.

Senior National Co-ordinator Counter-Terrorism Helen Ball said: "We are increasingly concerned about the numbers of young people who have or are intending to travel to Syria to join the conflict.

“We want to ensure that people, particularly women, who are concerned about their loved ones are given enough information about what they can do to prevent this from happening.

"We want to increase their confidence in the police and partners to encourage them to come forward so that we can intervene and help. This is not about criminalising people it is about preventing tragedies. We want to inform those who wish to genuinely help the Syrian cause how they can do so safely and legally."

Workers from the Prevent counter-terrorism scheme, the Charity Commission and other groups will meet at Scotland Yard today for the launch of the campaign, particularly aimed at women who are concerned about young people planning to travel to Syria.

Other events are also being held across the country, and leaflets highlighting the risks of going to the Middle Eastern state will be handed out at ports. Police have advised those who want to support humanitarian efforts in Syria to donate to charities instead of going there.

Michelle Russell, from the Charity Commission, said: "There is a genuine and desperate need for humanitarian assistance to help people affected by the conflict in Syria. UK charities and their partners are playing an important role in the delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria and its neighbouring countries.

“In part, they have only been able to do this by the generous donations of the public.

"We want everyone to make informed choices about which charities to support and how to support them so that they can feel confident that their contribution really will make a difference to the humanitarian effort."

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9:39am Thu 24 Apr 14

hursthill says...

It is time for all political activists & human rights campaigners to launch a Brighton Syria Solidarity Campaign, boycotting all Syrian products in Sainsburys & the Co-Op.
The Syrian regime has murdered 150,000 to date, & continues to use chemical weapons against civilians.
It is time for all political activists & human rights campaigners to launch a Brighton Syria Solidarity Campaign, boycotting all Syrian products in Sainsburys & the Co-Op. The Syrian regime has murdered 150,000 to date, & continues to use chemical weapons against civilians. hursthill
  • Score: -2

10:33am Thu 24 Apr 14

Goldenwight says...

Since these people are going to Syria in support of a campaign to rid that Country of an oppressive non-democratic Government, surely they are would-be 'freedom fighters' rather than 'terrorists'?

Unless you ACTIVELY support the current regime there, Argus? Any editorial comment?
Since these people are going to Syria in support of a campaign to rid that Country of an oppressive non-democratic Government, surely they are would-be 'freedom fighters' rather than 'terrorists'? Unless you ACTIVELY support the current regime there, Argus? Any editorial comment? Goldenwight
  • Score: -4

10:48am Thu 24 Apr 14

clubrob6 says...

Goldenwight wrote:
Since these people are going to Syria in support of a campaign to rid that Country of an oppressive non-democratic Government, surely they are would-be 'freedom fighters' rather than 'terrorists'?

Unless you ACTIVELY support the current regime there, Argus? Any editorial comment?
But these are young men british born,surely its not there fight.The father of the three sons that went to fight in Syria looked pleased his 18 year old son died.He covers himself by saying he did not give his consent,in other words he is saying he is not fit to be a father as the youngest a child is only 16.The father in Brighton says his family is not a threat to the UK,what happens if our government does something his family does not like?.His children should be facing a safe,long,and bright future in the country they were born in not going abroad fighting there fathers battles as he is too scared to do it himself.
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: Since these people are going to Syria in support of a campaign to rid that Country of an oppressive non-democratic Government, surely they are would-be 'freedom fighters' rather than 'terrorists'? Unless you ACTIVELY support the current regime there, Argus? Any editorial comment?[/p][/quote]But these are young men british born,surely its not there fight.The father of the three sons that went to fight in Syria looked pleased his 18 year old son died.He covers himself by saying he did not give his consent,in other words he is saying he is not fit to be a father as the youngest a child is only 16.The father in Brighton says his family is not a threat to the UK,what happens if our government does something his family does not like?.His children should be facing a safe,long,and bright future in the country they were born in not going abroad fighting there fathers battles as he is too scared to do it himself. clubrob6
  • Score: 9

10:57am Thu 24 Apr 14

clubrob6 says...

I agree the situation in Syria is bad,but why are british born muslims going to fight there?.I could understand if there fathers did.I worry for the family of the man in brighton that lost his 18yr old son,the father is covering his back saying he did not give consent to his children going fighting,but surely he has to take responsibility for sending a 16 yr old.As a parent he does not seem to be looking after his children.His children should be facing a bright,long,safe future in the UK not being sacrificed for something there father is too scared to do.
I agree the situation in Syria is bad,but why are british born muslims going to fight there?.I could understand if there fathers did.I worry for the family of the man in brighton that lost his 18yr old son,the father is covering his back saying he did not give consent to his children going fighting,but surely he has to take responsibility for sending a 16 yr old.As a parent he does not seem to be looking after his children.His children should be facing a bright,long,safe future in the UK not being sacrificed for something there father is too scared to do. clubrob6
  • Score: 4

11:52am Thu 24 Apr 14

Andy R says...

Six years ago I attended a commemoration at Newhaven Fort for the 70th anniversary of the return from Spain of the International Brigade, who disembarked at Newhaven Harbour. They decided it WAS "their fight".

I guess you'll all have to go away and google it.......
Six years ago I attended a commemoration at Newhaven Fort for the 70th anniversary of the return from Spain of the International Brigade, who disembarked at Newhaven Harbour. They decided it WAS "their fight". I guess you'll all have to go away and google it....... Andy R
  • Score: -4

1:03pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Bluebeef says...

Goldenwight wrote:
Since these people are going to Syria in support of a campaign to rid that Country of an oppressive non-democratic Government, surely they are would-be 'freedom fighters' rather than 'terrorists'?

Unless you ACTIVELY support the current regime there, Argus? Any editorial comment?
I hold no brief for the Assad regime but are we sure that the alternatives proposed by the opposition are any less oppressive or more democratic.

Hard to tell from our media.
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: Since these people are going to Syria in support of a campaign to rid that Country of an oppressive non-democratic Government, surely they are would-be 'freedom fighters' rather than 'terrorists'? Unless you ACTIVELY support the current regime there, Argus? Any editorial comment?[/p][/quote]I hold no brief for the Assad regime but are we sure that the alternatives proposed by the opposition are any less oppressive or more democratic. Hard to tell from our media. Bluebeef
  • Score: 5

1:12pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Cyril Bolleaux says...

Andy R wrote:
Six years ago I attended a commemoration at Newhaven Fort for the 70th anniversary of the return from Spain of the International Brigade, who disembarked at Newhaven Harbour. They decided it WAS "their fight". I guess you'll all have to go away and google it.......
Not really. The International Brigade were stooges of mass muderer Stalin. Which mass murderer do you follow - Stalin or Trotsky? I always forget.
[quote][p][bold]Andy R[/bold] wrote: Six years ago I attended a commemoration at Newhaven Fort for the 70th anniversary of the return from Spain of the International Brigade, who disembarked at Newhaven Harbour. They decided it WAS "their fight". I guess you'll all have to go away and google it.......[/p][/quote]Not really. The International Brigade were stooges of mass muderer Stalin. Which mass murderer do you follow - Stalin or Trotsky? I always forget. Cyril Bolleaux
  • Score: 3

2:25pm Thu 24 Apr 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Who paid for the tickets to Syria - has anyone asked this useless father that? I think the lot of them aren't worth air space.
Who paid for the tickets to Syria - has anyone asked this useless father that? I think the lot of them aren't worth air space. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 6

4:02pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Andy R says...

Cyril Bolleaux wrote:
Andy R wrote:
Six years ago I attended a commemoration at Newhaven Fort for the 70th anniversary of the return from Spain of the International Brigade, who disembarked at Newhaven Harbour. They decided it WAS "their fight". I guess you'll all have to go away and google it.......
Not really. The International Brigade were stooges of mass muderer Stalin. Which mass murderer do you follow - Stalin or Trotsky? I always forget.
How disrespectful and idiotic can you get? Thousands of people who didn't even identify as socialists let alone communists went to Spain to defend a democratically-elect
ed government from a fascist coup. If they had succeeded there would likely have been no WW2, no Soviet takeover of Eastern Europe, no cold war. Was George Orwell "a stooge of Stalin"?

****......
[quote][p][bold]Cyril Bolleaux[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andy R[/bold] wrote: Six years ago I attended a commemoration at Newhaven Fort for the 70th anniversary of the return from Spain of the International Brigade, who disembarked at Newhaven Harbour. They decided it WAS "their fight". I guess you'll all have to go away and google it.......[/p][/quote]Not really. The International Brigade were stooges of mass muderer Stalin. Which mass murderer do you follow - Stalin or Trotsky? I always forget.[/p][/quote]How disrespectful and idiotic can you get? Thousands of people who didn't even identify as socialists let alone communists went to Spain to defend a democratically-elect ed government from a fascist coup. If they had succeeded there would likely have been no WW2, no Soviet takeover of Eastern Europe, no cold war. Was George Orwell "a stooge of Stalin"? ****...... Andy R
  • Score: 0

6:22pm Thu 24 Apr 14

clubrob6 says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
Who paid for the tickets to Syria - has anyone asked this useless father that? I think the lot of them aren't worth air space.
The father is covering his self saying he did not give his blessing,but social services should certainly be looking into if he is a fit father as the youngest of the three was a child 16.So at the very least he has proved he is not looking after this child.I fear for his other children that should be looking forward to a bright safe future.
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: Who paid for the tickets to Syria - has anyone asked this useless father that? I think the lot of them aren't worth air space.[/p][/quote]The father is covering his self saying he did not give his blessing,but social services should certainly be looking into if he is a fit father as the youngest of the three was a child 16.So at the very least he has proved he is not looking after this child.I fear for his other children that should be looking forward to a bright safe future. clubrob6
  • Score: 1

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