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Yahoo! ArtsJul 12, 2020
British Islamic State fighter 'dies in prison' in Syria
A British Islamic State member from East London has died in a prison in northeast Syria, according to the BBC. Ishak Mostefaoui is the first British IS-supporter to die in the custody of the US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The British government refuses to allow its adult IS prisoner suspects to return to the UK for trial, believing that they should be tried in the region. The year-long impasse between the Kurdish authorities and the UK, and other Western governments has led to dangerously over-crowded prison and camps of IS members. According to one BBC source, Mostefaoui was shot when trying to escape the custody of the jail in Hassakeh which houses over 5,000 IS prisoners from 28 countries in cramped conditions. Another BBC source said that he died during rioting in the prison. Neither his death nor the circumstances surrounding it have been confirmed. The rumours of Mostefaoui's death appear to be circulating from pro-IS Telegram channels. The 27-year-old from Leyton, who admits to joining IS, travelled to Syria to join the terrorist organisation in April 2014. He was among seven students from the University of Westminster, where he was studying economics, who travelled to Syria. Also among them was Mohammed Emwazi, better known as "Jihadi John". Like many captured IS fighters, Mostefaoui admitted to doing administrative work for the group, but denied being a fighter, when interviewed by the Independent last year. The prison, a converted school, was set up shortly after the last of IS territory,
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