Birmingham pair plead guilty to Syria terror charges

Nahin Ahmed and Yusuf Sarwar, from Birmingham, who travelled to Syria to join rebel fighters, have both pleaded guilty at Woolwich Crown Court to preparing to carry out terrorist acts.

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Mugshots of Birmingham terror pair released

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.

Mohammed Nahin Ahmed. Credit: West Midlands Police
Yusuf Sarwar. Credit: West Midlands Police

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Judge delays sentencing in Birmingham terror case

Nahin Ahmed holding a toy gun - pre travel to Syria - in an image taken from his computer. Credit: West Midlands Police

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".

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Syria terror men lied they were on holiday in Turkey

Yusuf Sarwar and Nahin Ahmed of Farcroft Avenue - both aged 22 - pleaded guilty at Woolwich Crown Court today. Credit: West Midlands Police

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.

Families of both men urged them to return from Syria

Nahin Ahmed and Yusuf Zubair Sarwar Credit: West Midlands Police

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".

Part of Sawar's letter to his family in which he says he is going to wage Jihad in Syria. Credit: West Midlands Police

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.

Birmingham men posed with rifles during visit to Syria

Sawar pictured in Syria. Credit: West Midlands Police

Two men from Birmingham who have pleaded guilty to terrorism offences today spent eight months in Syria fighting against the country's regime.

Childhood friends Mohammed Nahin Ahmed and Yusuf Zubair Sarwar, both 22, from the Handsworth area of Birmingham, spent eight months in the war-torn country last year after contacting Islamic extremists from the UK.

Ahmed poses with an automatic rifle in Syria Credit: West Midlands Police

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Pair plead guilty to terror charges

Two men from Birmingham who travelled to Syria to join rebel fighters have admitted to preparing to carry out terrorist acts.

Nahin Ahmed and Yusuf Sarwar, both 22, have both pleaded guilty at Woolwich Crown Court.

The men were arrested when they returned to Heathrow on a flight from Istanbul in January this year.

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