A BRITISH ISIS fighter has vanished after being released by his Syrian captors amid a row over the UK refusing to take fanatics who want to come home.
Shabazz Suleman, 33, from High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, had been held since he abandoned the so-called caliphate in October 2017.
Shabazz Suleman poses with his Kalashnikov rifle at the start of his time in Syria
There are fears that the man may commit further crimes while he remains at large.
He had been held by the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) on the Turkey-Syria border, the Telegraph reported, but last month he was found not guilty by a Syrian opposition-run court in the city of Jarablus.
The court found him not guilty despite his admission that he joined the terrorist group, according to a commander who spoke with the news outlet.
Commander Abu Sleiman said that the court, which does not have international recognition, ruled there was not enough evidence to convict Suleman.
NOT ENOUGH EVIDENCE – DESPITE CONFESSION
He was handed over to a charity operating in Syria a month ago, which he promptly disappeared from.
Suleman had claimed he volunteered with Turkish NGO Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) before joining ISIS in 20, and it was IHH he was supposed to be transferred to.
But a spokesman told the Telegraph that they didn’t know anything about it.
It is now not clear if he remains in Syria, crossed into Turkey or whether he has tried to get back to the UK.
Abu Sleiman said Britain had shown “no interest” and repeatedly refused requests to discuss his case.
800 FOREIGN FIGHTERS HELD
With the caliphate rapidly imploding, the fate of foreigners who joined ISIS, or moved to Syria to take up as fighter’s wives, has become an increasingly urgent issue.
In Syria the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are reportedly holding as many as 800 foreign fighters, with 700 of their wives and 1,500 of their children.
US President Donald Trump has threatened to release the fighters unless the UK and other European allies agreed to accept them back and put them on trial.
The UK, which has taken the toughest stance, has refused repatriation calls, citing security concerns.
A government official involved in the discussions said Britain wanted the jihadists to face justice where they were captured.
I was just relaxed hiding in Raqqa with Syrian civilians.Shabazz Suleman
Suleman, a grammar school student who turned down a place at university said previously he travelled to Syria to fight against President Bashar al-Assad but quickly became disillusioned.
He told Sky News in 2017: “When I saw ISIS fighting the Syrian regime and gaining results and the propaganda they were sending out to young Muslims like us…at the beginning it was more romantic jihad, protecting civilians – it wasn’t about beheading or killing.”
He said he was there to help defend Syrians, but he saw ISIS change, and within a few months he wanted out.
He admitted receiving weapons training and was sent to fight but claimed never to have used his gun.
He claimed never to have used his gun, and said he was imprisoned for trying to defect.
He was released in Raqqa, and said he spent most of his three years in Syria “playing Playstation and riding my bike”.
“I was just relaxed hiding in Raqqa with Syrian civilians.”
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He admitted to being naïve when he joined IS, but said the international community had abandoned Syria to its bloody war.
He was sent to the frontline, but claimed he spent almost his whole time acting as reinforcements.
It is thought Suleman, who is of Pakistani descent, has only British citizenship.
Captured British ISIS fighter Shabazz Suleman says he spent time ‘on PlayStation and riding bike’
Shabazz Suleman told Sky News he spent most of his time in Raqqa playing on a Playstation and riding his bike
Shabazz Suleman said he joined ISIS after bowing to peer pressure
Shabazz Suleman claims he never fired his AK47 during the war
The TAB / SWNS.com Former grammar school pupil Shabazz Suleman, 18, was understood to be among as many as 180 fighters exchanged by Turkey in a prisoner swap deal
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