Briton who fought IS charged with terror offence

A British man is to become the first person to have fought against Islamic State to be charged with a terror offence.

Met Police have said that James Matthews, 43, will be formally charged with “attending a place used for terrorist training” when he appears at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 14 February.

He is alleged to have attended “a place or places in Iraq and Syria where instruction or training was provided”, in relation to the commission or preparation of a terrorist act on or before 15 February 2016.

The offence is contrary to section eight of the Terrorism Act 2006.

It is the first charge of its kind in the UK.

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