British pair who travelled to Syria admit terror charges

Two British men of Bangladeshi and Pakistani origin, who went to war-torn Syria to join rebel fighters on Tuesday pleaded guilty to terrorism charges in a UK court.
Childhood friends Mohammed Nahin Ahmed and Yusuf Zubair Sarwar, both 22, spent eight months in Syria last year after contacting Islamic extremists from the UK.
The men from Birmingham were arrested at Heathrow by West Midlands police’s counter-terrorism unit on their return in January after their families had put pressure on them to return to Britain.
Ahmed, a former postman who was born in Bangladesh, moved to Britain as a child, while Sarwar, who is of Pakistani descent, was born in Britain.
They had travelled to Syria to take part in its civil war after contacting Islamic extremists.
Police believe Ahmed and Sarwar fought with the al-Nusra Front, which is a jihadist group affiliated with al-Qaeda.
Their trial had been due to start but, at Woolwich Crown Court in London, they each admitted one count of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorism acts, contrary to section five of the Terrorism Act.
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