Men linked to infamous city jihadi are jailed

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THREE men who helped a teen follow in his big brother’s footsteps and join fighters in Syria have been jailed.

Kristen Brekke, 20, of Pentre Street, Grangetown, Cardiff, Adeel Ulhaq, 21, of Westbourne Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield, and Forhad Rahman, 21, of Cranhams Lane, Chesterton, Cirencester, were found guilty at the Old Bailey of playing their part in the plan to get Aseel Muthana to the war-torn country.

Prosecutor Annabel Darlow QC had told jurors how Rahman and Ulhaq were part of a network of friends online.

That included two brothers from Portsmouth, Tuhin Shahensha and Mustakim Jaman. The third brother, Ifthekar Jaman, was killed while fighting in Syria for IS in December 2013.

Judge Rebecca Poulet QC handed Brekke a four-and-a-half year sentence, saying he acted out of ‘misguided friendship’.

Rahman and Ulhaq were sentenced to five years for the preparation of terrorist acts, with Ulhaq receiving a further 12 months for terrorism funding.