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Former British army officials now training Islamic State militants in Iraq, Syria: MI6, CIA

Sunday, 31 August 2014 - 11:28am IST | Place: London | Agency: ANI

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A report has revealed that British intelligence agency MI6 and the United States' Central Investigative Agency (CIA) have intercepted conversations on mobile phones, e-mails that show that several former British Army officials have joined the ranks of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIL/ISIS).

According to a defence source, agents linked to the ISIS have also revealed that people with English accents and a military background are now training the members of the terrorist organization in Iraq and Syria, reported The Daily Star. They may have served in the regular British army or in the Territorial Army.

The ex-military personnel are using the same techniques and drills that are used by the British army. The source said that the recruits who join the ISIS are given a "pretty decent" degree of military training before they are allowed to take part in battles. They are not just taught to fight but also to save ammunition, fire aimed shots, plan ambushes and carry out day and night operations. Those who excel at handling weapons are also taught to use sniper rifles and other longer-range weapons.

Almost 600 British citizens have joined the organization so far, the source said.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister David Cameron has admitted that the ISIS is unlike anything that Britain has seen before. He also termed the threat level as "severe" on Friday.

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