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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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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.

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'Jihadists' families should have to contact police'

The Conservative MP Mark Pritchard has said that new laws should be brought in requiring the families of people who travel abroad to take part in jihad to contact police.

"I think we need to look at every measure that would increase our national security", he told Good Morning Britain.

He added that it was "incumbent" on family members to report those who had gone abroad to fight in the interest of protecting their own local communities and the national interest.

Extremist recruiters 'taking advantage of youths'

Many young people who travel to fight with militants in Syria and Iraq are recruited by extremist leaders taking advantage of their personal crises, a spokesman for an anti-extremist group has said.

Haras Rafiq. of the Quilliam Foundation, said that mosques teaching an extremist jihadi form of theology need to consider what it means to be both British and a Muslim.

Police investigating funding for twins' Syria travel

Police investigating the disappearance of twin 16-year-old girls who are feared to have fled their home in Manchester to travel to Syria to join Islamist militants from Isis are looking into who funded the trip.

Watch:Isis Briton: 'I want to die for the sake of Allah'

Good Morning Britain Chief Correspondent Richard Gaisford reports that the girls may have travelled there to become "Jihadi brides".

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More: Fears for Manchester sisters, 16, who have 'flown to Syria'

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Isis Briton: 'I want to die for the sake of Allah'

A British engineering student who has appeared in a recruitment video for the terror group Isis has said that he wants to die fighting.

Abdul Raqib Amin, who was raised in Aberdeen, said that leaving Britain was one of the happiest moments of his life because "as a Muslim you cannot live in the country of Kuffars (disbelievers)."

He said he was ready to go anywhere to fight, adding: "I want to die for the sake of Allah".

British Isis fighter admits: I miss my parents

An British engineering student who travelled to join Isis militants in Syria has said that he is ready to fight to the death.

Abdul Raqib Amin, believed to be in his 20s, admitted to missing his parents in an interview with Good Morning Britain, but said that there was no turning back.

I'm going to stay and fight until the Khilafah (rule of Islam) is established or I die.

Raqib has been identified as one of the British militants in a recruitment video for Isis, alongside fellow British jihadists Nasser Muthana and Reyaad Khan. In it, he said that he had suffered from depression while living in the West, before adding: "The cure for the depression is jihad.”

But a former schoolfriend has said that he believed that Raqib had been "brainwashed" by Islamic extremists.

British Isis fighter: 'We'll fight anyone against Islam'

A British man turned poster boy for the terror group Isis has warned that he will "fight anyone who wants to fight against Islam".

Abdul Raqib Amin (R) in an Isis recruitment video with other British jihadists Credit: Isis

Abdul Raqib Amin, who grew up in Aberdeen before travelling to Iraq to join the militant group, told Good Morning Britain there are thousands of recruits joining the fighters from around the world.

Raqib said that the group would not attack the UK "yet", but said that Britons were Kuffars, meaning disbelievers, as he issued a stark warning that the group were ready to attack anyone who went against them.

"Whoever opposes us, who goes against Islam, we fight anyone who wants to fight against Islam," he said.

Raqib has been identified as one of the British militants in a recruitment video for Isis, alongside fellow British jihadists Nasser Muthana and Reyaad Khan. In it, he said that he had suffered from depression while living in the West, before adding: "The cure for the depression is jihad.”

More: New picture of Abdul Raqib Amin 'prior to radicalisation'

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Police 'attempting to locate' missing Manchester girls

Greater Manchester Police said it's unable to confirm the location of the girls and their investigation aims to establish their safety and find out why they've travelled abroad.

On Thursday 26 June 2014, Greater Manchester Police received a report that two 16-year-old girls were missing from their home in Manchester.

"The girls flew from Manchester International Airport to Turkey. Since their departure the girls have been in contact with their family.

"We are attempting to confirm their current location and secure the well being of both girls.

"Officers are also providing regular support to the family."

– Greater Manchester Police
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