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British teen sentenced for plans to join ISIL

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A British teenager has been jailed after planning to travel to ISIL-controlled parts of Syria.

Syed Choudhury, 19, who was studying and working in Cardiff, was reportedly radicalized by elder members of the Welsh community.

However, the judge, Peter Rook QC took on the tender age of Choudhury and described him as “impressionable to indoctrination” despite jailing him for three years and four months for preparing acts of terrorism.

Addressing Choudhury, he said: “You have shown some awareness of how misguided your earlier extremist position was. You now say: ‘I’m lucky I got stopped.’”

But Rook was careful not to overlook the threat Choudhury posed to the public. “I cannot disregard what you said earlier and how you are an impressionable, immature person susceptible to radicalisation,” he said.

Choudhury is not the only one to plot to travel to Syria to join ISIL terrorist group. In recent months, two young men of similar age who appeared on an ISIL propaganda and recruitment video, were identified as British citizens of Cardiff.

Nasser Muthana and Reyaad Khan made international headlines when they were seen to call upon Britons to follow in their footsteps to fight with ISIL.

Muthana’s 17 year old brother also reportedly left the Welsh capital to travel to Syria after telling his parents he was going to a friend’s house to study for an upcoming exam.

Speaking on the results, Asst Ch Con Nikki Holland from the South Wales police, said: “We welcome today’s sentence, which sends a clear message that those who show support for a terrorist organisation, and plan to further this through becoming involved in terrorist acts, will be brought to justice…Choudhury throughout interview openly expressed his support for the Islamic State and even went as far that he would travel to Syria to fight for the cause and agreed with martyrdom.”

Some 700 Britons have already travelled to Syria to join ISIL. It is estimated that nearly half of them have returned to the UK.

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