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Derry man 'left Syria after becoming disillusioned'

An Irish citizen from Derry described to detectives how he left Syria after becoming "disillusioned" battling both the Baathist regime of President Assad and Isis fighters, a court heard.

Eamon Bradley, who converted to Islam five years ago, was remanded in custody today after his bail was refused by District Judge Barney McElholm. Speaking in court today, a detective sergeant from the Police Service of Northern Ireland described his version of two days of interviews with Bradley. He said:

During this account he stated, having converted to the Muslim faith and becoming aware of the conflict in Syria, he determined that he would travel to Syria to help the people.

Mr Bradley has informed police that he attended a training camp under the control of a group called Jaysh Al Islam, which translated is Army of Islam.

He was there for a period of approximately two months. He stated he received training in this camp in AK47 firearms, he mentions other firearms, he also mentions mortars and other explosive weapons.

He claimed that he signed up to be part of the Mujahedeen knowing they would be fighting to overthrow the Baath regime - the Syrian government - and fighting against Isil.


Bradley was there for a period of approximately two months, police said. The 25-year-old was remanded in custody until December 4.

Derry man 'fought against Isis and Assad forces in Syria'

Eamon Bradley arriving at Derry Court this morning. Credit: Press Association.

A man from Northern Ireland charged with receiving weapons training from opposition forces in the Syrian civil war has told police he was involved in battles against both Islamic State fighters and the government regime, a court has heard.

Eamon Bradley, from Derry, gave police extensive reports of his role in the conflict earlier this year, the city's magistrates court was told.

He was arrested on Thursday after returning from Syria. He appeared in court charged under UK terror legislation with committing two offences in Syria - possession of explosives with intent to endanger life, namely a grenade, and receiving training in arms and explosives.

Northern Ireland man remanded on Syria arms charges

Eamon Bradley was remanded into custody. Credit: PA Wire

A 25-year-old man has been remanded in custody charged with attending a weapons and explosives training camp in Syria.

Eamon Bradley, from Londonderry, Northern Ireland, appeared at Londonderry Magistrates' Court where he also faced charges of possessing a grenade while in the Middle East country.

He is alleged to have committed the offences in Syria between April and October this year.

Bradley was remanded into custody. He will next appear in court next month.


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The JTI Gallaher plant in Ballymena, Co Antrim has fallen victim to a restructuring programme announced by its Japanese owners Japan Tobacco International (JTI).

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