Live updates

Portsmouth man killed in Syria

Credit: P.A.

A 24-year-old man has become the third from the same UK city to have been killed in fighting in Syria.

Manunur Roshid was one of five friends who travelled to the war-torn country from Portsmouth, in October last year.

He is understood to have joined up with fighters from the Islamic State of Iraqand the Levant (Isil). Two of his companions, Ifthekar Jaman, 23, and Muhammad Humidur Rahman, 25, have already died.<

Abdul Jalil, committee chairman of the Jami mosque in Portsmouth, said that he understood a fourth man from Portsmouth was also ill in hospital in Syria.

He told the Portsmouth News: "We are very worried. They are on the front line. Five people went there and three have been killed.

"It is a very big shock for their parents and we are working with the community to make sure that [something like this] does not happen again.

"We are working with the police, the crime prevention team and the council to warn people, our youngsters especially, telling them not to go to Syria and also to get parents to watch their children."

"We are aware of reports that a British national has been killed in Syria. The UK has advised for some time against all travel to Syria, where all UK consular services are suspended. As we do not have any representation in Syria, it is extremely difficult to get any confirmation of deaths or injuries and our options for supporting British nationals there are extremely limited."

– Foreign Office

Earlier this month, two houses in Portsmouth, including the family home of Ifthekar Jaman, were among properties raided by counter-terrorism police.

Officers from the South East Counter Terrorism Unit (SECTU) have been granted extra time to question two men aged 26 and 23, from Portsmouth, a 23-year-old woman from Farnborough and a 29-year-old woman from Greenwich who were arrested under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000 on suspicion of commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism.

Their detention is now authorised until October 28

Video surfaces of two Sussex brothers fighting in Syria

Abdullah Deghayes,18, died while fighting in Syria earlier this year

Dramatic video has surfaced of two brothers from Sussex fighting in Syria. Their younger brother, eighteen-year-old Abdullah Deghayes, was shot dead six weeks ago in a street battle. It is believed he was fighting alongside a group linked to al-Qaeda.

The men's father says they went to Syria to fight a "dictator" and describes his youngest son as a "martyr". He is pleading with his surviving sons to come home. But if they do, they face the possibility of being arrested.


Father pleads for sons to come home from Syria

A father has spoken about his fears for his two sons who are believed to be in Syria, where his other son was killed as he fought in the conflict.

Abdullah Deghayes, from Brighton, left his home in January.

It's thought the 18-year-old was killed in Kassab earlier this month.

His father is pleading for his two other sons, Jaffar and Amer, to come home.

Around 400 Britons are believed to have gone to Syria over the last two years, authorities believe, with an estimated 20 having died.

  1. National

Father of teen killed in Syria 'proud' of son

The father of a British teenager who died fighting in Syria has told ITV News he is "proud" that his son "sacrificed his own life for the sake of others".

Speaking from his home in Brighton, Abubaker Deghayes said his son was a "nice person" with many friends, although he was "a bit naughty, like any other teenager".

  1. National

Teen killed in Syria nephew of ex-Guantanamo detainee

The British teenager killed in Syria is the nephew of a former Guantanamo Bay detainee.

Abdullah Deghayes, 18, from Brighton, East Sussex, was killed in Syria. Credit: ITV Meridian

Abdullah Deghayes, 18, from Brighton, East Sussex, is the nephew of Omar, who was held in the United States as an enemy combatant at the detention centre between 2002 and 2007 after he was arrested in Pakistan.

Family of teen killed in Syria "didn't know he was there"

The family of Abdullah Deghayes, who has been killed in Syria, say they had no idea that he had travelled to the country.

His father, Abubaker Deghayes, is believed to have found out about his sons death via Facebook.

He also said he thought his son was visiting family in Libya.

Abdullah, from Brighton, is believed to have died earlier this month.

The circumstances surrounding his death are not yet clear.

His Facebook page says he went to school in Rottingdean and was set to go to the University of Brighton next year.


  1. National

Tributes pour in for 18-year-old Briton killed in Syria

Tributes to British teenager Abdullah Deghayes, who was killed in Syria, have been left on social media.

Friend Louis Tierney wrote on Facebook: "Miss you like mad! Love you mate forever in my heart xxxxx."

Other friends have taken to Twitter:

A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said, "We are aware of the death of a British national and are urgently looking in to it."

More: British teen, 18, killed during a conflict in Syria

Teenager from Brighton killed in Syria

An 18-year boy from Brighton has been killed in Syria.

Abdullah Deghayes died earlier this month, although the circumstances of his death are not clear.

The family of Abdullah confirmed his death and said they did not know he had travelled to the country.

A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said, "We are aware of the death of a British national and are urgently looking in to it."

A spokesperson for Sussex Police said, "On Monday 14th April, we received information that an 18-year-old Brighton man had been killed in Syria in recent weeks.

"The circumstances of this reported death remain unclear and we are in contact with the family."

Basildon MP voted against own party on Syria debate

A dozen of Conservative MPs were among thirty who voted against the government last night, regarding Syria.

One of the leading rebels was the MP for Basildon, John Baron. A former military man, he had previously served in the British Army working for the United Nations. He thinks the British have no business in Syria and had no regrets about voting against his own party.

Load more updates