What do the joshing jihadis tell us about Britain’s radicalisation problem?

When hen young British jihadis die in Syria, the news is met back home with a mixture of relief and glee. We gloat over the manner of their death, and amuse ourselves with stories of their path to martyrdom.

Raphael Hostey, a baby-faced 24-year-old from Manchester, was killed in fighting last week, according to fellow Isil recruits. He called himself Abu Qaqa, and he was one of a gang of eight Britons, five from Portsmouth and three from the north-west, who travelled to Syria around the same time in 2013. One is now in jail, having become disillusioned and returned home. Hostey’s death means the rest are now all killed in action.

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