Jihad – It’s a Family Affair

Teenage boy given court care plan to stop him ‘waging jihad’ in Syria

A 17-year-old boy whose two older brothers were killed “waging jihad” in Syria is to be protected by a special care plan designed to keep him from following in their footsteps, the high court has been told.

The teenager lived in an “extraordinary family” whose “male members were all committed to waging jihad in Syria”, Mr Justice Hayden said.

Three of the teenager’s brothers had travelled to Syria to fight for Jabhat al-Nusra – an al-Qaida affiliate now called Jabhat Fatah al-Sham. Two had died there, as had a close friend. One of the teenager’s uncles had been a detainee at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba, the judge noted.