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New laws with echoes of Labour's anti-social behaviour orders will be used to bring radical preachers under control, the Home Secretary has revealed.
Theresa May said Britain must use 'all the legal powers we need to prevail' after American journalist James Foley was beheaded by a masked 'British' extremist dubbed Jihadi John.
They would include new civil powers to target radical preachers whose outbursts fall short of breaking the law, and similar Asbo-style 'banning orders' to outlaw groups communicating extreme views.
Mrs May indicated the new laws would focus on those spreading or preaching extremist views.
And she added the government was already using powers to to strip citizenship from British jihadists fighting in Iraq and Syria - of which there are more than 500.
Since the coalition came to power in 2010 more than 150 people have already been excluded from Britain for 'unacceptable behaviour', including foreign hate preachers.
Mrs May said the powers applied to Britons with dual citizenship and those who have been naturalised, but not those who have life-long sole British nationality as it is illegal to make citizens 'stateless'.
However, she insisted those jihadists would be prosecuted when they return home
'We will be engaged in this struggle for many years, probably decades', the Home Secretary wrote. 'We must give ourselves all the legal powers we need to prevail.
'I am looking again at the case for new banning orders for extremist groups that fall short of the legal threshold for terrorist proscription, as well as for new civil powers to target extremists who seek to radicalise others.'