Peers agree to ban ISIS in the UK

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Peers have agreed to ban ISIS as it added five groups to the UK's list of proscribed organisations.

Peers approved - without a vote - a government motion adding Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS/ISIL); Turkiye Halk Kurtulus Partisi-Cephesi (THKP-C); Kateeba al-Kawthar (KaK); Abdallah Azzam Brigades, including the Ziyad al-Jarrah Battalions (AAB/ZJB); and Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC) to the groups banned under the Terrorism Act 2000.

Explaining the decision, Home Office spokesman Lord Taylor of Holbeach told peers "in the last week we have seen significantly increased violent activities in Iraq by ISIL.

"Proscription sends a strong message that terrorist activities are not tolerated wherever they happened."

The groups being banned were all in some way linked to Syria, "which is now the number one destination for Jihadists anywhere in the world" Lord Taylor explained,

"Today the UK is banning groups that support the Assad regime, those that are fighting against it and those with ambitions beyond Syria that have taken advantage of the collapse in security and the rule of Law" he told peers.

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