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Theresa May in plea to Muslim families over conflicts

By Scott D'Arcy

British Muslim families should act if they suspect their children or siblings are thinking of travelling to join conflicts in Syria and Iraq, the Home Secretary has said.

Theresa May has backed a nationwide campaign by not-for-profit organisation Families Against Stress and Trauma (Fast), which puts the emphasis on families preventing their loved ones from travelling to join the conflicts.

Speaking in London, she said: "I would encourage all families to see the answer lying with them and their communities."

Several high-profile incidents have led to a national effort to prevent young people travelling to Iraq and Syria.

Last month two men from Cardiff and a man from Aberdeen featured in an online recruitment video urging western Muslims to join the fighting with the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (Isis) group.

Nasser Muthana (20), Reyaad Khan (20), and Abdul Raqib Amin (26) appeared in the video and are thought to be among more than 400 Britons fighting in Syria and Iraq.

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