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Patrick Rock, a top U.K. government adviser involved in introducing an online filter to block images of sexually abused children, has been arrested for alleged offenses relating to child pornography, the Telegraph reports.

A previous deputy director of policy, Rock was considered to be one of Prime Minister David Cameron’s closest aides. He was arrested on February 13, a few hours after Downing Street was made aware of his potential offenses.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister said that “The Prime Minister believes that child abuse imagery is abhorrent and that anyone involved with it should be properly dealt with under the law.”

The U.K. government reached an agreement with Google and Microsoft in November to prevent pornographic images of children from being listed in results for more than 100,000 search terms and phrases.

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Hypocrisy, the most protected of vices.”  Moliere (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, 1622-1673.)

Last week a little more was learned as to the circumventions in Whitehall and Washington delaying the publication of the findings of Sir John Chilcot’s marathon Inquiry in to the background of the Iraq invasion.

The UK’s Chilcot Inquiry, was convened under then Prime Minister Gordon Brown, to establish the decisions taken by the UK government and military, pre and post invasion. It ran from 24th November 2009 until 2nd February 2011 and cost an estimated £7.5 million. The as yet unpublished Report is believed to run to 1000,000 words.

The stumbling block – more of an Israeli-style “separation barrier” in reality – has been the correspondence between Tony Blair and George W. Bush, prior to an invasion and occupation, which former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan finally told the BBC was: “illegal” and that: “painful lessons” had been learned. (BBC 16th September 2004.) “Lessons” clearly not learned by the current British government.

The communications, in Sir John Chilcot’s words to former Cabinet Secretary Lord O’Donnell related to: “The question when and how the Prime Minister (Tony Blair) made commitments to the US about the UK’s involvement in military action in Iraq, and subsequent decisions on the UK’s continuing involvement, is central to its considerations.”(Guardian 17th July 2013.)

Further: “Chilcot said the release of notes of the conversations between Blair and Bush would serve to ‘illuminate Mr Blair’s position at critical points’ in the run up to war.”

The Inquiry had also been seeking clarification from O’Donnell’s successor Sir Jeremy Heywood regarding inclusion of references to: “the content of Mr Blair’s notes to President Bush, and to the records of discussions between Mr Blair and Presidents Bush and Obama.” The wall remains in place.

Sir Jeremy Heywood, now the country’s most senior civil servant, was Tony Blair’s Private Secretary during the period of the trans-Atlantic lies that led to the Iraq war and during the creation of the Blair regime’s “dodgy dossiers.”

Interestingly too: “O’Donnell had consulted Blair before saying the notes must remain secret.” Effectively, one of the accused, in an action which has destroyed a country, lynched the President, murdered his sons and teenage nephew and caused the deaths of perhaps one and a half million people, decides what evidence can be presented before the Court. Chilcot, has seen the documents but seemingly needs the accused permission to publish them.

A stitch-up of which any “rogue” or “totalitarian” regime, would surely be proud.

Center to the dispute between the Inquiry, Cameron and his ennobled  gate keepers is material requested for inclusion in the final Report: “to reflect its analysis of discussions in Cabinet and Cabinet Committees and their significance.”

The documents being denied to the Inquiry include twenty five pieces of correspondence sent by Tony Blair to George W. Bush and one hundred and thirty documents relating to conversations between these lead plotters of Iraq’s destruction. Additionally: “dozens of records of Cabinet meetings.”(i)

Ironically on 31st October 2006, David Cameron voted in favour of a motion brought by the Scottish National Party and Wales’ Plaid Cymru (“The Party of Wales”) calling for an Inquiry into the Blair government’s conduct of the Gulf war.

On 15th June 2009, in a parliamentary debate, the terms of the Chilcot Inquiry were presented in detail, duly recorded in Hansard, the parliamentary records.(ii.)

Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Blair’s successor stated: “In order that the committee is as objective and non-partisan as possible, the membership of the committee will consist entirely of non-partisan public figures acknowledged to be experts and leaders in their fields. There will be no representatives of political parties from either side of this House.”

David Cameron, then Leader of Opposition stated piously:

“The whole point of having an Inquiry is that it has to be able to make clear recommendations, to go wherever the evidence leads, to establish the full truth and to ensure that the right lessons are learned … in a way that builds public confidence.”

Cameron was particularly concerned about: “openness.” How times change.

Further, said Cameron:

“The inquiry needs to be, and needs to be seen to be, truly independent and not an establishment stitch-up … The Prime Minister was very clear that the inquiry would have access to all British documents and all British witnesses. Does that mean that the inquiry may not have access to documents from the USA … On the scope of the inquiry, will the Prime Minister confirm that it will cover relations with the United States …”

Cameron concluded with again a demand for “openness and transparency.”

In response, Gordon Brown stated:

“ … I cannot think of an Inquiry with a more comprehensive, wider or broader remit than the one that I have just announced. Far from being restricted, it will cover eight years, from 2001 to 2009. Far from being restricted, it will have access to any documents that are available, and that will include foreign documents that are available in British archives. (Emphasis mine.)

However, four years is a long time in politics and last week, as David Cameron traveled to Sri Lanka for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, it transpired that the documents Sir John Chilcot had been pursuing and been denied for six months have been also blocked by: “officials in the White House and the US Department of State who have refused to sanction any declassification of critical pre-and post-war communications between George W. Bush and Tony Blair.”

David Cameron is apparently also blocking evidence: “ … on Washington’s orders, from being included in the report of an expensive and lengthy British Inquiry.”(iii) Confirmation, were it ever needed, that Britain is the US 51st State, whose puppet Prime Ministers simply obey their Master’s voice.

However, “shame” clearly not being a word in Cameron’s lexicon, he landed in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon, a British Colony 1815-1948) as the above shoddy details broke, in full colonial mode.

Spectacular welcoming ceremonies barely over, he launched in to an entirely undiplomatic, public tirade, at this gathering of the  “Commonwealth family of nations” alleging that his host, President Mahinda Rajapaksa was guilty of war crimes during the civil war with the Tamil Tigers. Not disputed is, as any conflict, that terrible crimes were committed on both sides. But these are accusations from the man both covering up the genesis of massacres of genocidal magnitude – and who enjoined in the near destruction of Libya, the resultant lynching of the country’s leader, the murder of his sons and small grand children and uncounted others in another decimation of a country who had threatened no other.

Cameron’s Libya, is Blair’s Iraq. As Iraq, the dying continues daily.

The pontification also from a Prime Minister backing funding for the cannibalistic orientated insurgents in Syria, the beheading, dismembering, looting, displacing, kidnapping, chemical weapons lobbying, child killing, infanticide-bent crazies, including those from his own country.

In Sri Lanka he demanded the country ensure: “credible, transparent and independent investigations into alleged war crimes” and said if this did not happen by the March deadline he arbitrarily imposed, he would press the UN Human Rights Council to hold an international inquiry. Further: “truth telling”, he said, was essential. To cite hypocrisy of breathtaking proportions has become a redundant accusation, but words are failing.

In the event Cameron: “ … left Colombo having failed to secure any concessions from President Rajapaksa or persuade fellow leaders to criticise Sri Lanka’s record in a communique”, reported the Guardian (16th November.)

As the Prime Minster slunk out, President Mahinda Rajapaksa delivered an apt, withering reaction: “People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”, he responded.

Ironically, in spite a tragic recent past, Sri Lanka is the only country in South Asia rated high on the Human Development Index. The UK and “allies” recent victims, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan barely make it to the bottom.

David Cameron returned to Britain still having to grapple with how to evade delivering truth to the Chilcot Inquiry.

Hopefully he will read a letter from writer Lesley Docksey (Independent, 18th November 2013.)

“It was British taxpayers’ money that funded the Chilcot Inquiry, and this taxpayer wants her money’s worth.  All the British government papers concerning the sorry affair of an invasion of another country belong to this nation, not to the United States, not to Tony Blair, not to the current government.  Taxpayers aren’t here to save the faces of politicians.

“Nor is it, in the words of the Cabinet Office, ‘in the public’s interest’ that exchanges between the UK Prime Minister and the US President are kept secret’ – sorry, ‘privileged’ – from those who are paying their wages.  The phrase ‘in the public interest’ only ever means the interests of the government of the day.

“Unless Sir John Chilcot and his team can publish a full and honest report, no lessons will be learnt by future governments.  But then, if those lessons were learnt, and we the public knew (as in fact we do) what they were, this country would find it difficult to ever invade anywhere ever again.

“So, Sir John, in the words of a former PM, the Duke of Wellington, ‘Publish and be damned!’

Oh, and as David Cameron was lecturing Sri Lanka on “transparency”, the Conservatives were removing: ‘ a decade of speeches from their website and from the main internet library – including one in which David Cameron claimed that being able to search the web would democratise politics by making “more information available to more people.” ’.

“The party removed records of speeches and press releases from 2000 until May 2010. The effect will be to remove any speeches and articles during the Tories’ modernisation period …” (iv.)

Comment again redundant.

Notes

i. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article36879.htm

ii. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200809/cmhansrd/cm090615/debtext/90615-0004.htm

iii. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/exclusive-us-blocks-publication-of-chilcots-report-on-how-britain-went-to-war-with-iraq-8937772.html

iv. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/nov/13/conservative-party-archive-speeches-internet

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by Lesley Docksey
Writer, Dandelion Salad
August 21, 2013

‘Water, water everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.’
— Samuel Taylor Coleridge: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

At long last Britain is discussing and objecting to fracking – or we would be if the general public had access to accurate information.  As it is, Prime Minister David Cameron is going all out to promote a country-wide embrace of shale gas.

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UK may give arms to Syrian rebels 

Syrian rebels could be armed by the UK in a fresh push to oust President Bashar Assad and end the bloodshed after David Cameron ordered officials to re-examine all options.

A Downing Street official said the Prime Minister wanted to put previously rejected measures “back on the table” amid frustration at the failure to halt the 20-month conflict.

Mr Cameron had vowed to redouble his efforts after visiting a refugee camp in Jordan and hearing “horrendous” stories of some of those who have fled the violence.

British diplomats are already set for talks with opposition military commanders as part of the renewed drive – which the premier said should be a top priority for newly-re-elected US president Barack Obama.

He insisted during a three-day Middle East tour that Britain has no plans at present to directly arm rebel forces, pointing out that it was prohibited under the terms of a European Union arms embargo.

Whitehall officials are said however to be considering whether it could be justified under United Nations resolutions and sounding out potential support within Europe for amending the current restrictions.

Other possibile new approaches are the creation of United Nations-enforced “safe zones” within Syria’s own borders for refugees – a move being urged on the UN by neighbouring Turkey.

A No 10 official said: ‘We’re 20 months into this and there is a sense of frustration that we haven’t been able to bring an end to the violence.

“The Prime Minister wants to come back and look at things that were on the table a year ago which we didn’t want to do then. He wants to put them back on the table.

‘We haven’t ruled anything in and we haven’t ruled anything out. This is the moment to get some impetus going forward. We want to put everything on the table.”

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Ever since the Balfour Declaration of 1917, Britain has denied our people their rights

On the run: Britain has not taken the steps to realise the establishment of a free state of Palestine Photo:Getty images

Dr Nabeel Shaath, The Telegraph

Over the past few weeks, British diplomats have stated that they are doing all they can to discourage Palestine’s bid for “observer state” status in the UN General Assembly. If this is an official British position, then it is reprehensible, yet not all that surprising.

Ninety-five years ago tomorrow, on November 2, 1917, British imperialism in Palestine began when Lord Balfour, the then British foreign secretary and former prime minister, sent a letter to Baron Rothschild, one of the leaders of the Zionist movement. This letter became known as the “Balfour Declaration”.

In that letter, Balfour promised British support for the Zionist programme of establishing a “national home for the…

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Sep 26, 2012 by RTAmerica

On Wednesday night, Julian Assange, the creator of Wikileaks, addressed the United Nations General Assembly in an event called “Strengthening Human Rights” from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he has been trapped for several months. The event that was hosted by the Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino and gave Assange a platform to draw attention to his case and he emphasized the importance of revealing the truth. Here is that speech.

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I have written permission from the author of the book “Mystery 666” to repost any and all parts of the book.  Note: This book was written in 1977. If you look at the information contained within, it is still extremely relevant to what is currently being seen in our world.

From what i am aware there are hardly any copies of this book left in the world as it was banned, therefore it is not kept here (as i do not own it) but after reading i contacted the author was given expressed permission to reprint. Please feel free to read these documents as per each PDF file. This is the first part i have scanned.

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Juan Williams

UK Daily Mail
Aug 13, 2012

Boeing engineers have successfully demonstrated new technology that enables drones to function like a ‘swarm of insects’ where they can communicate and carry out tasks in mid-air.

In June, engineers and researchers from Johns Hopkins University tested their technology on two ScanEagle drones in Oregon, Boeing revealed.

The drone development could lead to lower costs and less risk in military welfare, Boeing said in a statement.

Using just a military radio and a laptop, an operator on the ground was able to connect with the autonomous drones instructing them to carry out a mission simultaneously.

‘This swarm technology may one day enable warfighters in battle to request and receive time-critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information directly from airborne (unmanned aerial vehicles) much sooner than they can from ground control stations today,’ Gabriel Santander, Boeing’s program director of advanced autonomous networks, said.

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Big Pharma shifting from deadly chemical drugs to bioelectric implants

Wednesday, August 08, 2012 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

(NaturalNews) Not content simply drugging its millions of victims with mind-altering chemical and biological inputs, the pharmaceutical industry is now developing ways to literally transform the human brain into a drug industry-controlled, biometric computer that will basically turn human beings into nothing more than mind-controlled robots.

The Financial Times reports that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the drug behemoth recently forced to fork over the largest ever amount in fines for its massive criminal conduct (http://www.naturalnews.com), is leading the way in unveiling what the industry is now calling “bioelectronics.” The premise holds that certain diseases can be treated by injecting electronic devices within the body for the purpose of artificially controlling neuronal synapses and other activity.

“Moving beyond conventional drugs that interact biochemically with the body, [Big Pharma] will have built a big ‘bioelectronics’ business that treats disease through electrical signaling in the brain and elsewhere,” writes Clive Cookson for FT.com about the concept, which is expected to eventually replace many common drugs.

“Neurological problems, from stroke and epilepsy to depression, will be treated through electronic implants into the brain rather than pills or injections. Even diabetes and obesity will be attacked in ways that seem like science fiction today, by sending electrical signals to malfunctioning cells.”

Rather than help the body naturally heal itself through proper nutrition, cleansing, and lifestyle, bioelectronics basically bypasses the body’s own immune and healing systems, and replaces them with remote-controlled computer chips that can be programmed and monitored by outside forces. It is the embodiment of the “bionic man” or “cyborg” concept, where human beings are taken over by computers and mind-controlled.

Drug companies admit in plain sight their plans for mass mind control

Presented alongside glowing results from a few recent clinical trials showing how the technology can be used to potentially help tetraplegics and other seriously injured or paralyzed patients regain function, bioelectronics has the very real potential to be used for much more sinister purposes like controlling thought patterns — yes, researchers are already saying it can be used to treat “depression” — as well as individual eating habits and preferences.

Though the idea is still potentially years or even decades away from actually being commercialized, the stage is being set for its eventual widespread use. Experimental treatments, such as the battery-powered electrodes that were implanted into Edi Guyton’s brain tissue to cure her depression (http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/14/health/battery-powered-brain/index.html), are already being actualized in the name of modern medicine.

“Ultimately, [bioelectronics] treats people in a purely mechanical way, where subjective personal inputs that may not always be helpful are bypassed,” wrote one commenter in response to the FT.com piece. “How long before someone suggests serial criminals are fitted with bioelectrical patches that stymie endorphins and reduce the excitement associated with criminal behavior? Or perhaps release a toxin that makes the person ill if they feel stimulated in the ‘wrong way?'”

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by Michael Belkin
The Refusers

Merck is the company that makes Gardasil, MMR, Varivax (chickenpox) and other vaccines. Merck is the largest US vaccine manufacturer.

According to OSHA head David Michael’s excellent book Doubt is Their Product, Merck knew from their pre-release clinical studies that Vioxx had four times the risk of heart attack as the placebo they used (naproxen). They preposterously inverted that finding and spun it around to state that the placebo naproxen reduced heart attack risk by 80%. According to Michaels’ book, ‘scientists at the FDA estimate that Vioxx caused between 88,000 and 139,000 heart attacks, probably 30%-40% of them fatal.’

The midpoint of that range is 40,000. So Merck (with foreknowledge) deliberately killed about 40,000 people that were simply taking a pain reliever drug (most weren’t heart patients). That is almost as many deaths as US combat casualties in the Vietnam war. That must make Merck the biggest corporate mass-murderer in history. Where is the outrage? The public remains ignorant of Merck’s crime.

Take a close look at that deadly card trick with placebos. Merck and other vaccine manufacturers use a similar strategy with vaccine trials. Vaccine safety studies use other vaccines or aluminum adjuvants for placebos, not something neutral like saline solution. Vaccines and aluminum adjuvants cause neurological adverse reactions. If their new vaccine being tested causes the same amount of neurological reactions as an old vaccine or aluminum placebo, they call it ‘safe.’

In my opinion, Merck is following a Vioxx-style business strategy with Gardasil and other vaccines. They couldn’t care less how many people die or get permanently disabled from their pharmaceutical products. With drugs, multi-billion dollar settlements like this are built into the business plan. With vaccines Merck has zero liability because they are shielded by the sham US national vaccine injury compensation program.

People should wake up to the risk of prescription drugs and vaccines. Personally, I would boycott all Merck products because they are clearly an unethical company with zero integrity. If you don’t believe me, read David Michaels’ book Doubt is Their Product. David Michaels is an epidemiologist and is the US Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA).

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Merck to Pay $950 Million to Settle Government’s Vioxx Probe

Bloomberg Nov 22, 2011

By Jef Feeley, David Voreacos and Seth Stern

Merck & Co. (MRK), the second-largest U.S. drugmaker, will pay $950 million and a unit of the company will plead guilty to a criminal charge to resolve a federal probe of its sales of the painkiller Vioxx, the U.S. said.

Merck, Sharp & Dohme will plead guilty to a single violation of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, a misdemeanor, the U.S. Justice Department said today in a statement. The company will pay a $321.6 million criminal fine and $628.3 million for a civil settlement of allegations regarding so-called off-label marketing of the drug.

Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1999, Vioxx became Merck’s third largest-selling drug by 2003, generating $2.5 billion in annual sales. Merck, which pulled Vioxx off the market in 2004 after a study found it posed an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes, set aside $950 million in October 2010 to deal with the consequences from the criminal investigation.

The company, based in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, already has agreed to pay $4.85 billion to settle thousands of patient lawsuits claiming injuries, along with $1.9 billion for legal costs in defending and resolving the cases. The shares fell 32 cents to $33.82 at 2:58 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading.

The criminal plea stems from the misbranding of Vioxx for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis before regulators had approved that use, the U.S. said. The civil settlement covers inaccurate or misleading statements made by Merck about the cardiovascular safety of the drug.

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  • Standard Chartered is accused of dealing conspiring with Iran for a decade
  • New York State Department of Financial Services called the bank a ‘rogue institution’ and the bank’s Iran affairs had been a threat to global peace
  • Sixty thousand financial transactions were cited as suspicious.
  • Investigation quoted London-based executive saying: ‘You f***ing Americans. Who are you to tell us, the rest of the world, that we’re not going to deal with Iranians?’

By James Salmon

PUBLISHED: 22:27 GMT, 6 August 2012 | UPDATED: 22:28 GMT, 6 August 2012

A UK bank hid £160billion of transfers that helped finance terror groups and Iran’s nuclear weapons programme, it was claimed last night.

In another devastating blow to the City of London’s reputation, Standard Chartered is accused of conspiring with Tehran for almost ten years.

Regulators in New York said it was a ‘rogue institution’ that broke sanctions imposed on Iran and put profits ahead of global security and the law.

It worked with three Iranian banks suspected of being used by Tehran to finance its weapons programmes, according to an explosive report.

US authorities suspect the Iranian banks also funded terrorist and militant groups, including Hezbollah, Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

The New York State Department of Financial Services accused Standard Chartered of doing business with Burma, Libya and Sudan, which are also under sanctions.

It said the London-based bank, which has 87,000 global staff with 2,000 of them in London, had shown ‘obvious contempt’ for US financial regulations.

The case echoes that of HSBC, which faces up to £600million in fines for laundering billions of pounds for Mexican drug lords and rogue states.

The world of banking has already been rocked by the ‘Libor’ rate rigging scandal that landed Barclays with a £290million fine last month.

Peter Sands, Standard Chartered Chief Executive, said 'culture and values are our first and last lines of defence'Peter Sands, Standard Chartered Chief Executive, said ‘culture and values are our first and last lines of defence’

At least 15 financial institutions, including Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds, are being investigated over concerns that rogue traders manipulated crucial interest rates which are used to set mortgages and are linked to trillions of pounds of investments.

In a devastating conclusion to its report, the New York watchdog wrote that Standard Chartered was ‘motivated by greed’ and had acted ‘without any regard for legal, reputational, and national security consequences’.

‘SCB designed and implemented an elaborate scheme by which to use its New York branch as a front for prohibited dealings with Iran – dealings that indisputably helped sustain a global threat to peace and stability,’ the New York regulators alleged.

The watchdog, which reviewed more than 30,000 pages of documents during its nine-month investigation, said Standard Chartered covered its tracks by removing information from wire transfer messages used by US authorities to identify sanctioned countries – a process known as ‘wire stripping’.

The regulator said in ‘its evident zeal to make hundreds of millions of dollars at almost any cost’ the bank falsified business records, failed to keep accurate books, obstructed authorities and committed ‘wilful and egregious violations of law’.

Sixty thousand financial transactions were cited as suspicious.

It even cited a response from a senior London-based Standard Chartered executive to a New York official saying: ‘You f***ing Americans. Who are you to tell us, the rest of the world, that we’re not going to deal with Iranians?’

The Americans have threatened to revoke the licence of Standard Chartered in the US, which makes most of its money in Asia and sponsors Liverpool Football Club.

For nearly a decade until 2010 the lender ‘engaged in deceptive and fraudulent misconduct’ to move money through its New York branch on behalf of Iranian clients.

US sanctions against Tehran date back to 1979 but were heightened following the Iranian invasion of Iraq in 1980.

In 2002, the country was described by former US president George W Bush as part of his ‘axis of evil’. Standard Chartered was one of the few banks to emerge from the financial crisis intact.

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A British photographer who was captured by insurgents in Syria has said that his captors were foreign extremists including several Britons with “not a Syrian in sight”.

On July 19, freelance photographer John Cantile, alongside his Dutch colleague Jeroen Oerlemans, was kidnapped in northern Syrian and freed one week later.

Cantile said he was held in a camp by 30 foreign extremists including some from Britain and Pakistan.

He also revealed that some of his captors were “young men with south London accents”.

“They were aiming their Kalashnikovs at a British journalist, Londoner against Londoner in a rocky landscape that looked like the Scottish Highlands”, said Cantile.

The British photographer also disclosed that some of the insurgents could not even speak Arabic, with around a dozen of his captors speaking English out of whom nine spoke with London accents.

“Not a Syrian in sight. This wasn’t what I had expected”…

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