LONDON — British citizens who have joined the Islamic State militant group in Syria and Iraq should be hunted down and killed, according to the U.K.'s new defense minister.
Gavin Williamson said that Britons who had gone to Syria or Iraq to fight for ISIS hated what the West stands for. He suggested that airstrikes could be used against the estimated 270 British citizens who are still out there.
"Quite simply my view is a dead terrorist can't cause any harm to Britain," Williamson told the Daily Mail in an interview published late on Wednesday.
"We should do everything we can do to destroy and eliminate that threat," he said, adding that he believed any British fighters who joined ISIS should never be allowed to return to the United Kingdom.