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Suspected IS fighter ‘Jihadi Jack’ stripped of UK citizenship

Jack Letts, also known as 'Jihadi Jack', has been stripped of his UK citizenship.

The Home Office decision, first reported by the Mail On Sunday, has been verified by Sky sources.

Letts, a Muslim convert, left his family home in Oxford in 2014 to allegedly fight with Islamic State in Syria. He was caught by Kurdish authorities who have held him prisoner in the country.

The decision to strip British citizenship from Letts, who is a dual UK-Canada national through his Canadian father, follows the revocation of IS bride Shamima Begum's British citizenship in February.

Image: Sally and John Letts were convicted of funding terrorism for sending their son £223

Sky sources have also confirmed the decision to revoke Letts' citizenship was taken under the premiership of Theresa May and signed off by the previous home secretary.

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In an interview in June with Sky News, Letts confessed to fighting against the Syrian regime but said he regretted being with the "wrong people".

The Home Office does not comment on individual cases, but a spokesperson said: "Decisions on depriving a dual national of citizenship are based on substantial advice from officials, lawyers and the intelligence agencies and all available information.

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"This power is one way we can counter the terrorist threat posed by some of the most dangerous individuals and keep our country safe."

Letts told Sky News that he would "love to go home" but admitted it was far-fetched – adding that he had "no intention of blowing [British people] up".

He went to Syria in 2014 after telling his parents he was going to Jordan to study Arabic but after a few months revealed his true location.

Jack Letts travelled to Syria in 2014
Image: A schoolfriend of Letts said he was 'impressionable'

Police became involved after a series of posts on his social media accounts.

One was a photograph of Letts, giving what appeared to be the IS one-fingered salute, on a hilltop in Raqqa, the terror group's former stronghold in Syria.

Another was a Facebook comment below a photograph of a former classmate in British Army uniform, which read: "I would love to perform a martyrdom operation in this scene."

In June, Letts' parents were found guilty of funding terrorism after they sent him cash.

Following his parents' conviction, he told Sky News: "I hope to see them one day… I really want to see them, more than I have in my whole life."

"They only sent me $300 – I bought glasses and maybe falafel… I didn't buy any nuclear weapons," he added.

Ignoring repeated warnings their son may have joined IS in Syria, and despite being told by police three times not to send money, they tried to wire him more than £1,700.

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