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The sister of a Birmingham man arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences relating to Syria told Channel 4 News of her family's fears in July last year, the news programme has claimed.
Channel 4 News claims it knows the identities of both men arrested at Heathrow Airport today, and that the sister of 21-year-old Ali was worried after he left university and told them in a note that he was going to Istanbul.
The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said at the time: "In the past we have had conversations about Jihad and everything, and he wasn't that extreme that he wanted to go off and do something like that.
"He wanted a purpose, like a sense of belonging, and I think that's what they gave him".
The two men from Birmingham arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences relating to activities in Syria did not pose any imminent threat to the public, the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit chief said.
Detective Chief Supt Kenny Bell said following the men's arrest at Heathrow Airport:
Two men from Birmingham who are believed to have travelled to Syria last year have been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences.
The pair, who are both aged 21 and from Handsworth, were detained at Heathrow Airport at around 3:30pm this afternoon (Monday 13 January).
They had arrived back in the UK on a flight from Istanbul and are being questioned on suspicion of terrorism offences relating to activities in Syria, at a police station in the West Midlands.