Rory Stewart on Islamic State: Minister says only way to deal with Isis fighters is to kill them in 'almost every case'

Minister says only way to deal with IS fighters is to kill them in 'almost every case'

Rory Stewart (pictured) made the comments in a BBC interview

Monday, October 23, 2017

An international development minister has said the only way to deal with Islamic State fighters from Britain is to kill them in almost every case.

Rory Stewart said people who convert to the terrorist group were believers of an “extremely hateful” doctrine and could expect to be killed due to the threat they posed to UK security.

In an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, the MP for Penrith and The Border said that while killing Isis converts posed a moral issue, they had moved away from any sort of “allegiance” to the British Government.

The minister said the UK authorities had also clarified people should not be fighting against Isis in rival militia groups.

He told the broadcaster people could be trained to fight Isis in a legal manner if they applied to the military or intelligence services. 

Over the course of several years, hundreds of British citizens have traveled to fight with the group in Syria.

One notable case, Sally-Anne Jones – known as the ‘White Widow’- was recently reported to have been killed in a US drone strike.