More than 1,500 young Britons may have been recruited by extremists fighting in Iraq and Syria, an MP has told.Khalid Mahmood said the radicalisation of young British men is a problem that has steadily grown in recent years and could be much more serious than previously thought.
The Birmingham MP's comments suggest the number of would-be jihadists is much greater than ACPO anti-terrorism chief Sir Peter Fahy's estimate of 500 - the highest figure previously mentioned.
Foreign Secretary William Hague has claimed that around 400 young British men had travelled to the region.
Mr Mahmood told: "I imagine 1,500 certainly would be the lower end. If you look across the whole of the country, there's been a number of people going across."