Ex-IS Fighter Poses as Teenager to Seek Asylum in UK

42-Year-Old Iraqi Man Unmasked as Former Terrorist Held by US and UK Forces

A shocking case has come to light as a 42-year-old ex-IS fighter, identified as AJ, sought asylum in the UK by posing as a 17-year-old unaccompanied minor. Despite obvious signs of his age, he was able to deceive authorities and spent a week in under-18s’ residential care before being unmasked as a former terrorist held by US and UK forces in 2006.

AJ’s brazen attempt to claim asylum has raised concerns over the security and integrity of the asylum process in the UK. He is believed to be the oldest person to have attempted such a deception during a boat crossing, and his actions have highlighted the lengths some individuals will go to in order to avoid deportation.


A security source revealed the inconsistencies in AJ’s story, stating, “He said he had fled to Britain alone after his farmer parents abandoned him. But his story had holes. When we checked his fingerprints, he was red-listed.” The source also noted that adult migrants posing as children is not uncommon but expressed astonishment at the audacity of AJ’s claims, saying, “The brazenness of his claims was mind-blowing.”

Now awaiting the outcome of his deportation appeal in a taxpayer-funded hotel, AJ claims he requires NHS treatment for his depression.

This alarming case serves as a stark reminder of the potential security risks and challenges that can arise during the asylum process. It underscores the importance of thorough background checks and verification procedures to ensure the safety of the public and the integrity of the asylum system in the UK. Authorities must remain vigilant to prevent similar instances from occurring in the future.

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