Det kommer stadig meldinger om at britiske muslimer søker seg til Afghanistan for å delta i krigen på Talibans side. Da kan man snakke om en britisk mini-borgerkrig innenfor krigen.
Daily Mail snakker om tusenvis. Det høres svært overdrevent ut, men fenomenet virker ekte nok, og kan få stor symbolsk betydning.
Amerikansk etterretning følger med, og hvis antallet stiger kan det igjen reise spørsmålet om visumfriheten briter nyter, og påliteligheten til folk med britisk pass.
At folk radikaliseres i Storbritannia og vender tilbake til sine opprinnelsesland som ekstremister, kan være begynnelsen på noe verden vil se mer av: En 20-åring som vokste opp i Ealing i London, sprengte seg nylig i lufta i Somalia og tok med seg 20 andre mennesker i døden.
UK troops say they are facing a mini civil war as more Brits head out to fight for the enemy.
Senior officers said British-born Muslims from the West Midlands and Yorkshire have travelled to Helmand province and other parts of southern Afghanistan.
Interception of Taliban communications has revealed the sound of jihadists speaking with West Midlands accents.
One senior military source said: «It is the Punjabi and Kashmiri Urdu speakers who fall back into English in, for example, Brummie accents.
«You get the impression they have been told not to talk in English but sometimes can’t help it.»
Brigadier Ed Butler, the former commander of the British forces in Afghan-istan, said: «There are British passport holders who live in the UK who are being found in places such as Kandahar.»
Robert Emerson, a security analyst, added: «There is ample evidence British Muslims trained in camps in Pakistan.
«What is emerging now is a picture of them being more active in Afghanistan, either providing support and logistics or in active service.»
The US has stepped up surveillance inside Pakistan.
They believe the UK is not doing enough to curb radical Muslims.
Tory MP Patrick Mercer, chairman of the Commons’ sub-committee on anti-terrorism, which has been examining the activities of British Muslim extremists, said: «We know the problem we have with UK-based jihadists.
«With the UK intelligence services at full stretch, it is not surprising some of these ended up in Afghanistan.»
MI5 has revealed that British Muslims with Somali roots have started fighting with al-Qaida-backed forces in the African country.
One 21-year-old suicide bomber brought up in Ealing, west London, recently killed 20 others when he blew himself up in a Somali town.