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Britain unveils powers to strip suspected Islamist fighters of passports

Published on Sep 2, 2014 12:48 AM

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday announced plans to strip suspected Islamist militants of their passports temporarily, to combat the threat posed by radicalised Britons returning from Syria and Iraq.

The proposals come days after Mr Cameron raised Britain's terrorism alert to its second-highest level, saying the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) posed the country's greatest-ever security risk.

An ISIS video released last month, purporting to show a man with a London accent man beheading a U.S. journalist, led to concern that Britons fighting in the region could return and launch attacks on British soil.

"We have all been shocked and sickened by the barbarism we have witnessed in Iraq this summer," Mr Cameron told parliament. "There are two key areas where we need to strengthen our powers to fill specific gaps in our armoury. These are around preventing suspects from travelling and dealing decisively with those already here who pose a risk."

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