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100 UK imams urge British Muslims to stay away from Syria, offer support from home
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Friday, July 4, 2014 6:32 AM EDT
Some 100 imams are urging British Muslims to refrain from traveling to Syria amid concerns that fighters will become radicalized.
The letter comes as concerns grow about home-grown terrorism. Fears about returning radicals have been heightened by a video released online that showed three men identified as British exhorting compatriots to come join the militants in Iraq.
U.K. authorities estimate as many as 500 Britons have traveled to Syria to fight, and that some may have crossed into Iraq.