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UK News Aseel Muthana: Teenager who fled Cardiff to join Islamic State 'traced to Syrian prison'

11:55  01 october  2019
11:55  01 october  2019 Source:   walesonline.co.uk

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ASEEL Muthana , 21, who had hoped to become a teacher, left the A FORMER ice cream salesman from Cardiff who travelled to Syria to join ISIS five years ago has But in November 2013 Khan left for an Islamic conference in Birmingham while aspiring doctor Nasser said he was off to an Islamic

Aseel followed his brother Nasser Muthana and a friend, Reeyad Khan, who had already joined so-called IS and featured in one of the group’s first propaganda videos aimed at western recruits. Inside the prison , Aseel told ITV News he was lured into going to Syria by so-called IS propaganda which

A man who travelled to Syria as a teenager to join Islamic State has been traced to a prison in the north of the country.

Aseel Muthana worked selling ice cream in Cardiff before leaving his family and travelling to Syria in 2014, then aged 17.

He followed his brother, Nasser Muthana, and a friend, Reyaad Khan, who joined the brutal extremist group months earlier. They became some of Britain's most high-profile Islamic State members.

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Muthana joined the Islamic State , also known as ISIS, in This undated image provided by attorney Hassan Shibly shows Hoda Muthana , an Alabama woman who left home to join the Islamic State after becoming radicalized online. The Syrian Kurds, who are fighting alongside U.S. troops, are

Three young men helped or encouraged a teenager who followed his older brother from Cardiff to Syria to join Islamic State fighters, the Old The court heard that Rahman and Aseel Muthana exchanged affectionate messages via the WhatsApp messaging system in which they called each

Earlier this year, their father, Ahmed, told WalesOnline he . 

Muthana had been presumed dead, but ITV News reports it has traced him to a prison in northern Syria, where he told a reporter he missed his mother, his old life in Cardiff, and wants to return home.

When told her now 22-year-old son was alive, Muthana's mother Umm Amin said she felt "extreme joy" and urged authorities to allow him to come home.

a man smiling for the camera: Aseel Muthana is now 22 years old © WALES NEWS SERVICE Aseel Muthana is now 22 years old

Inside the prison, Muthana told ITV News he was lured into going to Syria by propaganda that claimed he would be helping Syria's poor by fighting on the side of Islamic State.

"Back then when I first came to Isis, you have to understand I came way before the caliphate was pronounced," he said.

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The Old Bailey Court in London, heard they helped Aseel Muthana , 19, join so-called Islamic State in February 2014. During the trial, a video showing defendant Kristen Brekke holding a handgun while out with Aseel Muthana , walking on a hill known as Asda Hill in Cardiff , was shown.

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"Before all of these beheading videos, before all of the burnings happened, before any of that stuff.

"We came when Isis propaganda and Isis media was all about helping the poor, helping the Syrian people.

"We stuck with the people you know from the UK and from Wales.... the Welsh guys... me and my brother and Reyaad [Khan]."

A wave of Islamic State beheadings which shocked the world began in 2014. Their victims included American journalists, British aid workers and Syrian, Kurdish and Lebanese soldiers.

Muthana is being held at a secret prison in Syria where 5,000 inmates are kept in cells. Senior leaders of the group are among the inmates of the prison.

Speaking at the family's home in Cardiff, Umm Amin told ITV News she thought finding her 22-year-old son would be impossible, and asked after her son Nasser who is believed to have been killed. Khan is also believed to have been killed in a drone attack .

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Aseel Muthana , from Cardiff , was 17 when he travelled to join ISIS in Syria . He was following his brother, who had made the journey months Three British Islamic extremists helped a teenage jihadi to leave the UK so he could join his brother in fighting for Islamic State in Syria , the Old Bailey heard

Muthana joined the Islamic State after telling her parents she was going to Atlanta as part of a field trip connected with her studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She traveled from there to Syria . In Syria , she twice married Islamic State fighters who later died in combat.

"I felt extreme joy that my boy is alive and I felt extreme sadness that my boy is in this place [prison] that I did not wish to see him there," she said.

In a statement, she urged authorities to allow her son to return home.

She said: "To whom it may concern, and to those with compassionate hearts.

"We are not against you (Kurdish authorities) but I am writing with the care that a mother has for her children, my husband is in hospital sick with the weight of worry.

"My little boy went seduced [by ISIS] and brainwashed with ideas that were not his. So that he doesn’t know what is right and what is wrong, dominated and led by his emotions.

"My boy was gentle and merciful and didn’t know violence and harshness. I appeal to you.

"I appeal and ask you for forgiveness and safety from those who destroyed his childhood and youth by taking the swiftest measures to bring him to his father and mother’s bosom who longs to see him. Have compassion for our situation."

a man sitting in a room: WalesOnline spoke to the two men's father earlier this year © Richard Williams/WalesOnline WalesOnline spoke to the two men's father earlier this year

Earlier this year, , who said his sons were paid "good money" and each became a father after marrying fellow Isis recruits.

Dad-of-four Ahmed said: "They thought if they went there it would be a paradise but they found it is a hell. Living in hell – but by force.

"They used to say ‘We are okay’. The older one had two sons. The younger one had one son and his wife was pregnant.

"I asked them to see pictures and they refused because they said the leader of IS has been extremely instructive not to even phone. But they used to phone us behind their backs.

"They (IS) paid them good money. They gave them a separate house each and they forced them to marry and said if you are with us you have to be married."

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