Some 600 Britons have been stopped from going to Syria to try to join ISIS and other extremist groups, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in comments reported Saturday.


Meanwhile some 800 have made it through since 2012, with half of them still thought to be inside the war-torn country, he said, in comments reported in The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph newspapers.


“Approximately 800 Brits have been to Syria, of whom half are still there. But on top of that 800, we have stopped another 600,” he said, on a visit to southern Turkey.




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