The government is right to take a firm stand against ISIS and those who fight in its ranks or support from the sidelines. But we need to face facts: we cannot stop British jihadis returning home; we cannot arrest our way out of the problem; and we do not have the resources to mount surveillance operations against all returning foreign fighters.
Research and Policy Director for the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and Director of Hostage UK
Rachel Briggs OBE is the Research and Policy Director for the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and Director of Hostage UK, which works with the families of victims kidnapped overseas
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