Government admits it has lost track of hundreds of British jihadis who went to Syria and Iraq to fight for extremist groups like ISIS

The whereabouts of hundreds of Britons who travelled to the Middle East to support or fight for jihadist groups is unknown, the security minister has admitted.

Around half of the estimated 850 people from the UK who went to Syria and Iraq have returned home, but Ben Wallace said the Government ‘don’t know where’ those still in the region are.

Many have been killed in fighting, some are returning to Turkey, but it is unclear whether others are now living, he admitted.