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A UK jury has found 3 young men guilty of helping a friend travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group


LONDON — Three young British men who helped a teenage friend travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group were sentenced Wednesday to several years in prison.

A jury found 20-year-old Kristen Brekke, 21-year-old Adeel Ulhaq and Forhad Rahman, also 21, guilty of preparing terrorist acts for helping Aseel Muthana follow in the footsteps of his older brother.

Muthana, then 17, left home in Cardiff, Wales, on Feb. 21, 2014, to join his older brother, Nasser, among the fighters for the Islamic State group. Prosecutor Annabel Darlow says the men shared a "highly radical ideology," supporting war in Syria.

Nasser Muthana had traveled to Syria just a few months ahead of his brother and later became known for a propaganda video called "There is No Life Without Jihad." Neither brother has returned.

At Cardiff Crown Court, judge Rebecca Poulet sentenced the men to between four-and-a-half and six years in prison.

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