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However, calling oneself a Muslim does not necessarily make that person a Muslim, a fact which was not lost on a bystander of the Leytonstone tube station knife attack in 2015 .Acts such as these have been collectively and categorically condemned by Muslim communities in Britain.But what do we know about the perceptions that Muslims have toward U.K. foreign policy and British combat troops? One hundred percent (75 out of 75) of the participants recruited responded, all of whom self-reported as Muslim.The British government is exploring ways to recruit more Muslims to join the British Armed Forces since the latest figures revealed that of the 160,500 personnel currently serving, only 650 (less than 0.5 percent) are Muslim. It can be argued that Muslims residing in the U.K. hold stigmatizing views toward British combat troops (and vice versa), thus promoting division as opposed to peaceful coexistence.British Muslims may then feel duty-bound to protect their fellow citizens by joining the Armed Forces.
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