Tuesday 12 December 2017

'Travel ban is propaganda for Isil,' says UK home secretary

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd. Photo: PA
British Home Secretary Amber Rudd. Photo: PA

Hayden Smith

Donald Trump's travel ban risks becoming a "propaganda opportunity" for Isil and may not be effective in combating terrorism, British Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said.

In a strong criticism of the US president's policy, Ms Rudd warned it could be exploited by Isil militants who would use "any opportunity they can to make difficulties".

Ms Rudd said the president's measure did not amount to a "Muslim ban" but people would "draw their own conclusions" about the nations that had been picked.

The seven mainly Muslim countries covered by Mr Trump's travel ban are Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Questioning the effectiveness of the measure, she told British MPs on the Home Affairs Select Committee: "The sources of terrorism are not to be found in the sources where the president is necessarily looking for them."

Amid fears that Isil may seek to portray the ban as a sign of Islamophobia in the West, Ms Rudd said the terror group would "use any opportunity they can to make difficulties, to create the environment they want to radicalise people, to bring them over to their side".

She added: "So it is a propaganda opportunity for them, potentially."

Irish Independent

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