2 Britons jailed for joining al-Qaida-linked Syrian group

December 5, 2014 17:19


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LONDON - Two Britons were jailed for almost 13 years each on Friday after admitting they had joined an al-Qaida-linked group fighting in Syria.

Nahin Ahmed and Yusuf Sarwar, both 22 from Birmingham, were arrested at London's Heathrow Airport on their return to Britain in January, eight months after Sarwar's mother reported her son missing to police.

They had told their families they were going on holiday to Turkey but Judge Michael Topolski, who gave them prison sentences of 12 years and 8 months, described them at Woolwich Crown Court as "fundamentalists who became interested in and deeply committed to violent extremism".

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