British troops will be sent to Africa to help counter the threat of Islamist extremists in the region, David Cameron has said.
The Prime Minister said that up to 300 soldiers will be deployed in South Sudan as part of a peace-keeping mission while a further 70 will be sent to Somalia to support attempts to defeat the terrorist group Al-Shabab.
Mr Cameron suggested that bringing stability to both countries could help ease the migration crisis that is seeing hundreds of thousands of migrants cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe.
And he said that it is right that Britain is “stepping up and playing a greater role”.
He also suggested bringing stability to both countries could help ease the migration crisis that is seeing hundreds of thousands of migrants cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe.
All the troops sent to the region will be involved in peace-keeping efforts rather than any active combat, with a focus on training, logistical support and engineering help.
CHILDREN could be branded “extremists” simply for boycotting McDonalds under Government plans, a Bradford MP is warning.
Families which choose not to celebrate Christmas or which shop ethically could also be targeted by tough new guidance to prevent “radicalisation”, Naz Shah has claimed.
The Bradford West Labour MP accused David Cameron of turning his back on efforts to build closer community links and dialogue, to tackle the extremist threat.
Instead, the revamped ‘Prevent’ strategy – which came into force today – had become a “blunt hammer” which could be used to target innocent acts by young people.
Ms Shah said: “Some children refuse to eat at McDonalds because they have researched its links to Israel’s illegal settlements. Does that mean they are going to be extremists?
“Other families won’t buy any goods that have are sourced from those Israeli settlements, but that doesn’t make them anti-Israeli – just pro-Palestinian.
“And what about families that don’t celebrate Christmas? Does that mean they have extremist views?
“British values should include developing strong views and critical thinking in children, including fighting poverty and injustice. But this is an attempt to police them, rather than build trust.”