Muslim women urged to persuade youngsters not to fight in Syria

Ifthekar Jaman pictured during an interview on the BBC Newsnight programme
Ifthekar Jaman pictured during an interview on the BBC Newsnight programme
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POLICE are appealing to Muslim women to persuade men not to travel to Syria to fight.

British counter-terrorism police chiefs have made the appeal after a string of deaths of men from the UK who were fighting against President Assad’s regime.

They include Portsmouth-based Ifthekar Jaman, who was killed fighting in Syria aged 23.

As reported in The News, counter-terrorism police swooped on a house in Hudson Road, Portsmouth, linked to the Jaman family on April 1.

No-one was arrested and nothing was seized in the two-day search.

There will be events in London, Birmingham and Manchester today which will see police reach out to women to help prevent more deaths.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball, national coordinator for counter-terrorism at the Metropolitan Police, 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.’

The new strategy includes leaflets to be handed out at ports which spell out the potentially fatal consequences of going to Syria.