Manwar Ali as a jihadist in the 1980s
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UK jihadist turned charity worker Manwar Ali

A former jihadist who fought on the frontline in Afghanistan, Kashmir and Burma in the 1980s is urging young Muslims not to join the conflict in Syria and Iraq.

Manwar Ali says he was "ill-informed, ignorant and misinterpreting" the Koran.

He now runs a Muslim charity and gives talks at mosques and Islamic centres to discourage young people from pursuing a radical path.

Kevin Burch reports.

Viewers in the East can see more on Manwar's project in Sunday's Inside Out at 1930 on BBC One. Viewers elsewhere can see the full programme on BBC iPlayer

  • 05 Oct 2014
  • From the section UK
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