How did these two brilliant brothers get “brainwashed”? Did the “brainwashers” appeal to the Qur’an and Sunnah? That is a prospect that, even after all these developments regarding jihadis in Syria, British authorities are not prepared to face.
Counter-terrorism officers are hunting the jihadist masterminds who arranged for British students, including a teenage schoolboy, to travel to Syria to fight.
Aseel Muthana, pictured here for the first time, is, at the age of 17, believed to be the youngest Briton so far to join Islamist terror networks operating in Syria and Iraq.
His elder brother Nasser Muthana, 20, appeared on Friday in a chilling propaganda video for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (Isis), just two days after David Cameron warned of the threat posed by Britons returning from jihad.
His father Ahmed Muthana said on Saturday that his boys, both clever students with excellent career prospects, had been “brainwashed” in Britain into going to Syria. Mr Muthana insisted that their trips must have been arranged by terrorist recruiters.In a series of further developments, amid a growing sense of crisis over the numbers being recruited to the jihadist cause, The Sunday Telegraph can disclose:
• the Muthana brothers were part of a wider network that included two friends arrested months ago on their return from the Middle East;
• a second Briton in the Isis video was identified as Reyaad Khan, 20. He studied in sixth form with Nasser Muthana at Cardiff’s Cantonian High School…