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20-Year-Old Brit Arrested for Trying to Join ISIS

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A British man who attempted to join Islamic State in Syria has been jailed for six years.

Zakariya Ashiq, 20, from Coventry, was found guilty of two counts of preparing acts of terrorism at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.

He was arrested at Heathrow Airport in November after failing to cross into Syria from Jordan.

He admitted trying to get to Syria but said he had been forced to leave the UK because he was being “harassed” by MI5.

But judge Charles Wide QC said he knew what IS was and had been intent on fighting for them.

He said: “Any suggestion of naivety should not be overstated. He is highly intelligent and resourceful.”

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