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U.K. Man Who Traveled To Syria To Join ISIS Sentenced To 7 Years In Prison

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On Feb. 9, British man Mohammed Uddin was sentenced to seven years in prison for preparing for acts of terrorism.

Uddin, 29, reportedly traveled to Syria in on Nov. 4, 2014, with the intention of joining ISIS and fighting for them. On Dec. 12, 2014, he then crossed the border back to Turkey, where he was held by counter terrorist authorities.

Uddin was returned to Britain on Dec. 22, 2014, and taken into custody by counter terrorist officers there. It was believed that Uddin had been involved in terrorist-related activity and had extremist material in his possession.

During his sentencing hearing on Feb. 9, the court heard about Uddin's communications during his time in Syria, Metro UK reports.

"U need to get used to the cold water and no electricity," Uddin wrote to a friend in the U.K., according Metro UK.

“Start eating small amounts of food to get used to it, because u will be sharing your food as soon as u arrive,” Uddin added. “Bland food btw lol.”​

Uddin was originally detained in Turkey in December 2014 because he did not have any travel documents. According to Sue Hemming, head of Special Crime and Counter Terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Uddin first claimed he traveled to Syria for a holiday, the East Grinstead Courier reports. However, a police investigation revealed his true intention of joining ISIS.

Uddin pleaded guilty to preparing acts of terrorism and was sentenced to seven years in prison.

" ... Uddin's guilty plea is a testament to the strength of the case brought against him," Hemming said.

"It is vital that we bring the full force of the law against those who leave the UK to support terrorism," she added. "We will continue to work to build strong cases against these individuals to ensure that terrorists are brought to justice."

Sources: Metro UK, East Grinstead Courier / Photo Credit: East Grinstead Courier 

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