Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Long Road Ahead in Stopping the Jihadists

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Long Road Ahead in Stopping the Jihadists

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TODAY'S chilling warning from Deputy Mayor Stephen Greenhalgh about London Muslim children being indoctrinated by extremists is just the latest sign of the scale of the problem. Mr Greenhalgh, the Mayor's head of policing, told a counter-terrorism summit at City Hall that some children as young as 10 are being radicalised by Muslim extremists and "trained to be junior jihadis". It comes as a report warns that at least 40 of the estimated 500-plus Britons now believed to be fighting in Syria and Iraq could seek to carry out terror attacks in the UK when they return. In truth, such figures are nebulous. What is certain is that many British jihadists will eventually try to return many already have and that some will be tempted to bring their war to our shores.

Such challenges at home will require a complex response. As Mr Greenhalgh says, we need teachers and child protection staff to co-operate in watching for signs of radicalisation, while we also need to be alert to the dangers of extremist infiltration of London schools on the lines of Birmingham's "Trojan horse" plot. …

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