Published On: Fri, Aug 30th, 2019

ISIS news: ISIS fighter who claimed UK benefits while fighting in Syria | World | News

Anouar Haddouchi, who was named the “executioner of Raqqa” due to his crimes, grew up in Belgium before moving to Birmingham in 2009. The 35-year-old left the Midlands to join ISIS in Syria in 2015. But he was still claimed housing and council tax benefits from Birmingham City Council while he was in Syria.

This was because authorities did not realise he had left the country.

He wasn’t able to withdraw money in Syria.

But £3,000 was reportedly withdrawn from his bank account in 2015.

This was then given to Mohamed Adrini, who was behind the 2015 Paris attacks and the 2016 bombings in 2016.

It has also been reported all the £10,000 he still claimed went towards terrorist activities.

However, Anouar was arrested after the battle for the final ISIS stronghold in Baghouz, it has emerged.

His 32-year-old wife Julie Maes was also arrested.

Meanwhile, the British government was accused of putting British people at risk by depriving ISIS members of their British citizenship, former defence minister Tobias Ellwood told The Independent.

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“We’ll see a repeat of al-Qaeda regrouping and becoming a very real threat, and that threat won’t just pose itself in the Middle East, but also to Britain.

“We’ve still got attacks taking place, we’ve still got the ideology alive.

“We’ve done well to stand up as a lead nation on the battlefield in defeating Daesh and the caliphate.

“But the last piece of the jigsaw is 20,000 or so fighters that nobody really wants.

“They will regroup to fight another day – we’re already seeing it.”

Mr Ellwood, who was sacked as defence minister by Boris Johnson, added: the UK had not “concluded our mission” to defeat ISIS.

He said: “We need to complete it rather than allowing it to haunt us in the future.

“We stepped forward because we had a sense of duty, of values and standards, and if we just give up on that we’ve forgotten what we were fighting for.”

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