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  • 24 June 2014, 13:26

Archbishop's Call To Combat 'Brainwashing'

The Archbishop of York has called on religious leaders to make sure young people are not "brainwashed" into fighting and killing in the name of their faith.

Dr John Sentamu told Sky News they had "a duty to work together" to tackle the problem of UK youths being radicalised and recruited as jihadists.

He made his comments as a third British man featured in a recruitment video for an extremist Islamic group was identified.

Abdul Raqib Amin, who was brought up in Aberdeen, appears in the ISIS film along with Nasser Muthana and Reyaad Khan, both from Cardiff.

Dr Sentamu said: "I don't want to use the word radicalising. I think it is brainwashing. We don't want our young people to be brainwashed believing really a lie, that by fighting and killing another person your religion becomes better.

"All religious leaders, whatever tradition they come from, have got a duty to work together to make sure that our young people are not being brainwashed into some kind of nonsense."

His call came as security experts in the UK said the repercussions of the conflict in Syria and the rise of Islamic extremism at home would be felt for ''many years'' to come.

Richard Barrett, a former head of counter-terrorism at MI6, estimated that ''possibly up to 300 people have come back to the UK'' already, and warned that intelligence services faced an ''impossible'' task in trying to track them.

''Clearly they'll have to prioritise and they'll have to choose those that they think are likely to pose the greatest risk," he said.

''Beyond that I think they'll have to rely very much on members of the community and other people expressing their concern and worry about the behaviour of perhaps their returned friend or family member.''

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