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Why do British Muslims become jihadists? The answer is more complex than you might think

Mark Townsend's No Return tracks the tragic story of the Brighton family ripped apart by radicalism

By Azadeh Moaveni   July 2020

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Jenny Goodall/Daily Mail/Shutterstock (4744416a) Abubaker Deghayes The Father Of 18 Year-old Abdulah Deghayes Speaks Outside His Home In Saltdean Brighton. Abdulah Was Killed In Syria Earlier This Month. Abubaker Deghayes The Father Of 18 Year-old Abdulah Deghayes Speaks Outside His Home In Saltdean Brighton. Abdulah Was Killed In Syria Earlier This Month.

Mark Townsend’s gritty and fast-paced book tracks three brothers from Brighton who left Britain to fight in Syria’s jihadist rebellion. It is also a portrait of an immigrant family’s decline with pointillist descriptions of racial hatred, gang violence and police malfeasance. Aided by leaked government documents and interviews with family members, including one of the brothers, Townsend, a journalist at the Observer, follows the brothers’ transformation from bullied Muslim boys…

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