Events in Iraq and Syria, and especially the murder of the young American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State of Syria (IS), have focused attention on Britain's Muslims.

Some 500-700 young Muslim men from Britain are said to be among the jihadists who are involved in mass killings and torture in order to establish an Islamic state in the Middle East.

Islam is a visible and growing presence in Britain and a dominant one in sections of several major cities, including Bradford, Birmingham, Wolverhampton and London. According to the Office of National Statistics, approximately one-tenth of babies and toddlers in England and Wales are Muslim.

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