Jihadists’ father defends ‘honourable’ cause

The British father of three jihadists who went to fight in Syria insists that his sons are not terrorists, arguing that Islamic State (Isis) has hijacked the “honourable” Syrian revolution.

Abubaker Deghayes’s sons Amer, 20, and Jaffar, 16, are in Syria with Jabhat al-Nusra, an Islamic jihadist organisation. Their brother Abdullah, 17, was killed in April after being shot in the chest while fighting President Assad’s forces near Latakia province.

Jabhat al-Nusra is linked to al-Qaeda and the Khorasan, a group targeted in US airstrikes last month.

Mr Deghayes, from Brighton, who admits that his sons are now “thoroughly radicalised”, said: “I worry about them constantly. I want them out of danger. They [Isis] have messed up an honourable revolution.

“People can no longer distinguish between people fighting Assad and [Isis] criminals.”

(Photo: Abubaker Deghayes)