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Britain bans ISIL, other Syria-related groups

Published on Jun 20, 2014 6:08 AM
An image made available by the jihadist Twitter account Al-Baraka news on June 13, 2014 allegedly shows Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant restraining an unidentified man at an undisclosed location close to the Iraqi-Syrian border, in the district of Sinjar, northwest Iraq. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - The British government on Thursday banned the ISIL militant group currently rampaging through northern Iraq, adding it to a list of proscribed organisations along with four other groups linked to the Syrian conflict.

Security Minister James Brokenshire told lawmakers that terrorism related to the civil war in Syria "will pose a threat to the UK for the forseeable future", and said banning the groups sent a "strong message".

It is now an offence in Britain to belong or invite support for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the four other proscribed groups, or even to wear clothing or carry items in public indicating support.

After taking hold in Syria, where it is one of numerous groups fighting President Bashar al-Assad's regime, ISIL is leading an offensive that has seized Iraq's second largest city Mosul and a swathe of territory north of Baghdad.

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