A teenager who fled conflict in Syria and came to Derby with his brother and father says he would be dead if he had stayed.
Nasr Ali recently earned top A-levels along with his brother Zaher, despite knowing no English when they arrived in 2007.
Nasr's father was a member of the Palestinian Democracy Union, which was in opposition to the Syrian Government.
He described one day when armed soldiers from the Government knocked on their door looking for his father.
Two brothers who came to the UK after fleeing from conflict in Syria look forward to a bright future, after achieving top A-level grades.
Zaher, who is 20, and Nasr Ali, who is 18, arrived in Derby in 2007, without knowing any English, but still managed to earn a number of A grades at St Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy.
Zaher also had to deal with being diagnosed with blood cancer last August, managing only 60% attendance at school, after being ill while undergoing chemotherapy.
He still managed two As and a B. His brother, Nasr, got three A grades. Both are now going on to study at university in London.
Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg has pleaded not guilty to seven terror offences connected with the civil war in Syria.
The 45-year-old appeared via video link from prison to deny the charges.
Begg, of Hall Green, Birmingham, is accused of attending a terrorist training camp in Syria October 2012 and April 2013 and funding terrorism by providing a generator in July last year.
He also faces five counts of possessing an article for a purpose connecting to terrorism between December 31, 2012 and February 26 this year.
Begg will stand trial at the Old Bailey on October 6
Young Muslim volunteers have been raising money for Syrian refugees by running a cake delivery service.
The 'Cakes for Syria' campaign is taking place throughout the month of Ramadan and they have already exceeded their £25,000 target.
The West Midlands alone has sold 1741 cakes with £8.705 raised so far for the campaign.
Cakes can be ordered by calling anytime the Cakes4Syria call centre on 01274 952144 or texting 07511724372 (12 noon - 8pm).
Cakes cost £10 with £5 going towards Islamic Relief's Syria appeal.
Deliveries take place on Sundays and Thursdays until 27 or 28 July which heralds the end of Ramadan.
Mugshots of two men from Birmingham who travelled to Syria to fight have been released after they earlier admitted preparing to carry out terrorist attacks.
Childhood friends Mohammed Nahin Ahmed and Yusuf Zubair Sarwar, both 22, spent eight months in Syria last year, before being arrested at Heathrow Airport on their return home in January.
West Midlands Police released images of the pair posing with rifles during their visit to the war-torn country.
Judge Topolski QC has said he would not pass sentence on the two men until a Court of Appeal decision about a similar case had been heard later this summer.
However, sentencing is due to open this afternoon.
The judge earlier told the court that he was willing to offer a reduction in sentence if the defendants were to plead guilty.
He described the case as a "grave one".
The families of Mohammed Nahin Ahmed and Yusuf Zubair Sarwar urged both men to return home when they realised they had gone to fight in Syria.
Sarwar's family reported him missing to police in May last year after they found a hand-written letter from him in which said he had left to join a terrorist group called Kataib al Muhajireen (KaM)- later renamed Kateeba al-Kawthar - "to do jihad".
Days earlier he had told his family he was travelling to Turkey as part of a two-week trip organised by Birmingham City University, where he was a part-time computer science student.
West Midlands Police said the men showed the mind-set to go and join the jihad in Syria, before carrying out research, buying equipment, and finally travelling a well-trod route to get inside the battle zone via Turkey.
Two young men from Birmingham who have pleaded guilty to preparing acts of terrorism while in Syria, had lied to their parents they were actually on holiday in Turkey.
Yusuf Sarwar and Nahin Ahmed, who are both 22 and from Handsworth, bought one-way tickets in May 2013 then crossed the Syrian border to train with rebel fighters.
They were arrested by officers from the West Midlands Police counter terrorism unit when they returned to Heathrow on a flight from Istanbul in January this year.
Traces of military grade explosives were found on their clothing and pictures on their camera showed them brandishing weapons.