Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Portsmouth terror fighters: Who are they?

Two brothers who have been jailed for helping others to travel to fight in war-torn Syria were part of a number from Portsmouth.

Tuhin Shahensha and Mustakim Jaman were jailed for six years in prison for preparing terrorist acts.

BBC News looks back at what happened to their brother Ifthekar and five other men who made the dangerous journey to fight with the so-called Islamic State (IS) group.

Image caption Ifthekar Jaman told BBC's Newsnight in 2013 it was his duty to fight in Syria as Muslims "were being slaughtered"

The first

Ifthekar Jaman, the 23-year-old brother of Tuhin and Mustakim, from Southsea, Hampshire, died in Syria in 2013.

He spoke to Newsnight in November of that year and said he had joined up with jihadist group IS.

He told the programme: "I am ISIS. This is the group I am with. We are trying to establish the law of God, the law of Allah.

"This is the duty on me... all these people are suffering. Muslims are being slaughtered."

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Image caption The group of five men left Portsmouth in October 2013 and were captured on CCTV at Gatwick

It was said during their trial that Tuhin Shahensha and Mustakim Jaman helped five men from Portsmouth make the journey to Syria.

On 8 October 2013, they flew from Gatwick Airport to Turkey and went by bus to reach the border town of Reyhanli.

They met three other Britons and the group of eight contacted Jaman for help in getting over the border.

Four of them were killed while fighting for IS and one is in prison.

The followers

Image caption Hamidur Rahman was described by a former co-worker as a "cool guy who was always up for a chat"

Hamidur Rahman, 25, was the first of five men who boarded a flight from Gatwick in October 2013 to die in Syria.

His family told reporters they had been informed of his death in July 2014.

It is thought the former Primark worker died in a gun battle fighting near the Syrian city of Deir al-Zour.

Mamunur Roshid died in October 2014, at around the same time as his friend Mehdi Hassan.

The Jami Mosque in Portsmouth confirmed the 24-year-old had died.

Abdul Jalil, chairman of the mosque, said: "The parents are very upset. I went to visit them and they told me that he had been killed in Syria. This is very difficult for them."

Image caption Mehdi Hassan was privately educated at St John's College in Southsea

Mehdi Hassan, 19, died in October last year.

A photograph of his body emerged on Twitter and his family later confirmed his death.

It is thought he died in Kobane.

A family friend, who did not want to be named, told the BBC at the time: "He had a good family upbringing. It's a shame, he would have been a valuable member to Portsmouth society."

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Image caption Assad Uzzaman flew out to Syria from Gatwick Airport in 2013

Assad Uzzaman, 25, was the last of the group of friends to die in July 2015.

Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond visited Uzzaman's family at the time of his death and described them as "heartbroken".

"Many people will have strong views about what Assad has done, but he was a much-loved son from a family who were completely integrated with British society with no extremist sympathies whatsoever," she said.

She also said she believed he and his friends "were well-meaning when they went to Syria".

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Image caption Mashudur Choudhury: Faces substantial sentence

Mashudur Choudhury was jailed in December 2014 for four years after he became the first person to be convicted of preparing for acts of terrorism in Syria.

The 31-year-old "serial liar" is the only one of the group who is still alive and his reasons for coming back to the UK are uncertain.

Their key contact in Syria was fellow Portsmouth man, Iftehkar Jaman.

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