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Home Affairs Correspondent — Channel 4 News
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Missing Luton family 'stopped by police'

channel4.com — Our Home Affairs correspondent Darshna Soni has spoken exclusively to the brother who reported the family missing to the police. Police are now investigating one of the family's links to radicals who were once members of the now-banned al-Muhajiroun group. "I've been worried sick about my father, he's not in the best of health," Mohammed Akhtar Hussain told me.

Mo Farah: no comment on Salazar doping allegations

channel4.com — Some of the best athletes in the world are arriving in Birmingham, ahead of this Sunday's Grand Prix event in the city, writes Channel 4 News Home Affairs Correspondent Darshna Soni. The event has been promoted by organising body British Athletics with posters declaring "Mo's Coming to Birmingham!"

Election 2015: ethnic voters - disconnected or disregarded?

channel4.com — "It's called an election...you know, you go and vote for who will be Prime Minister?" He is surrounded by a large crowd of young people, trying to explain what's happening in May. Wherever we go in Handsworth, Apache Indian is mobbed by people wanting to talk to him.

New video: Islamist who 'guarded hostages' with Jihadi John

channel4.com — Ellekhlifi, who was killed in Aleppo in 2013, went to the same London secondary school as Mohammed Emwazi (Jihadi John), who was the leader of the so-called "Beatles". Channel 4 News has obtained video footage showing Ellekhlifi preaching on an Islamic stall on a west london street before he went to Syria.

Mohammed Emwazi: MI5 tried to put words in my mouth

channel4.com — Emwazi tape transcript While we were interviewing after... right at the end, he [Nick, the MI5 agent] said: I would like to ask you some serious questions now, and while I'm packing my pack... This is while I'm packing some of my stuff... I said to him: "Yeah, go on, ask it."

Cleric: 'Banning legitimate debate will not stop terrorism'

channel4.com — Haitham Al-Haddad who was due to speak to the university's Islamic Society told Channel 4 News that he hoped his speech would still go ahead. The controversial speaker who has previously reportedly described homosexuality as a "scourge" and a "criminal act", was due to give a speech entitled "Who is Muhammad?"

'Jihadi John' and the security services: the background

channel4.com — It's been claimed that Mohammed Emwazi grew up in a well-to-do family from west London. He graduated from University with a computer science degree - but what set him on the path to radicalisation? According to the advocacy group Cage, in 2009 Emwazi tried to go on safari with two friends in Tanzania.

The trial of the absent jihadis - video

channel4.com — Please wait while this video loads. If it doesn't load after a few seconds you may need to have Adobe Flash installed. Brian De Mulder, a "sporty and outgoing" 21-year-old, is among 46 Islamist extremists sentenced in Belgium today. Like many of his co-defendants he was not there - presumed to be in Syria, or dead.

Tesco announces list of 43 stores to close - video

channel4.com — Please wait while this video loads. If it doesn't load after a few seconds you may need to have Adobe Flash installed. In the wake of a disastrous 2014, Tesco has announced a list of 43 stores it plans to close, with the loss of 2,000 jobs.

Police hunt six more possible Paris terror suspects - video

channel4.com — The hunt continues for those involved in the Paris attacks. It is believed Amedy Coulibaly's partner, Hayat Boumeddiene, is in Syria. French police say they think there could be up to six accomplices.
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Jul 04, 2015

@Majstar7 But good point about people choosing to go of own free will.

Jul 04, 2015

@Majstar7 Not illegal. But it is illegal to join / fight for proscribed group ie ISIS. Plus authorities say concern is welfare of children.

Jul 04, 2015

Also in Syria; Two of the three east London schoolgirls who fled to join ISIS have married jihadi fighters: @guardian gu.com/p/4aceg/stw

Jul 04, 2015

RT @thespyglass: The story of a Black British woman who has had her newborn daughter taken away from her by doctors in Spain (gu.com/p/4acac/stw) ...

Jul 04, 2015

Language used in Luton family statement similar to previous ISIS statements, it's clearly a propaganda coup for them. pic.twitter.com/n9Yr1PdMRg

Jul 04, 2015

@Massie68 The British government doesn't appear to have a pension-transfer agreement with ISIS :)

Jul 04, 2015

"Don't be shocked when we say none of us were forced against our will;" Luton family statement. They say they have joined the Islamic State.

Jul 04, 2015

Brother from Luton told me this week he felt his sister was to blame for the family going to Syria - in their statement they dispute this.

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