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Cardiff Jihadis were recruited by agents - claim.

JIHADIS from Cardiff who fled to Syria were "talent spotted" by a secret Islamic State agent in Wales, a leading security expert has claimed.

Professor Anthony Glees, a former Home Office adviser who has published six books on national security, said "recruiting sergeants" for the terrorist group were roaming Welsh cities in search of new recruits.

He said Cardiff brothers Nasser and Aseel Muthana, as well as their friend Reyaad Khan, were all likely to have been groomed by Islamic State after meeting undercover agents in Wales.

The trio all travelled to Syria last year to join extremist fighters.

Sleeper agents for the group would "talent spot" intelligent or charismatic young people who expressed a "resentment" towards British foreign policy, the Buckingham University professor warned.

He said: "I would be very sure that this was the case [with the Muthana brothers and Khan] and I think many Muslim community leaders would say the same thing.

"I believe Islamic State has people on the ground who are acting as recruiting sergeants who approach people to begin the radicalisation process.

"People are not just radicalised online. They are approached by 'recruiting sergeants' who go around schools, campuses and community centres looking for people."

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jan 26, 2015
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