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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.

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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.



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:


R.I.P this is such a shock, can not get my head around it. Everyone's gonna miss you Abdullah Deghayes. much love xxx

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

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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.


Two arrested for terrorism offences at Heathrow

A man and a woman have been detained by specialist officers at Heathrow Airport on the suspicion of "the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism".

It's understood that the couple were arrested after arriving on a flight into the airport.

Police are searching two separate addresses in East London as part of their inquiry.

"The arrests form part of an investigation into travel to Syria in support of alleged terrorist activity."

– Statement from the Metropolitan Police


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