Al Qaeda-backed group selected recruits for Syrian police force set up using taxpayers’ money

A £12million foreign aid project was halted last night amid fears some of the money has gone to jihadis.

The British taxpayers’ cash was handed over to set up a civilian police force in Syria.

But one Al Qaeda-backed group has selected officer recruits while another extremist cell siphoned off cash in a protection racket.

It also emerged that a number of employees on the payroll of the Free Syrian Police were either fictitious or dead.