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February 2, 2018

Babies of foreign fighters DNA-tested on return to UK

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Henry Jackson Society

Babies born in ISIL-controlled territory are being DNA-tested to confirm their nationality when they return from Syria with defeated UK extremists, a senior counter-terrorist officer said on Thursday.

Tests were carried out on fewer than five “stateless” babies – normally before before they flew to the UK – to confirm they had the right to live in the country and to prevent human trafficking, according to London’s Metropolitan Police.

Older British-born children will also be screened because of concerns that they have been indoctrinated by ISIL and have the potential to carry out terrorist attacks in the UK.

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