British jihadists jailed for 12 years after parents inform police

Two young British men who admitted spending eight months in Syria fighting alongside an al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group will spend 12 years and eight months in jail and a further five years on licence.

Childhood friends Mohammed Nahin Ahmed and Yusuf Zubair Sarwar, both 22, fled to the war-torn country in May last year after contacting Islamic extremists.

The pair, from the Handsworth area of Birmingham, returned in January only after their families put pressure on them to come home.

Officers from West Midlands Police’s counter-terrorism unit were waiting for them at Heathrow Airport, where they were arrested.