Ashiq wrote: “There’s no life, no life without Jihad” and wanted to do “Ishtishadi (martyrdom) against… all these people.” He also declared his allegiance to the Islamic State, and searched for phrases such as “IS beheading journalist” and “44 ways to support Jihad.”
“Coventry man GUILTY of terrorism offences,” by Ben Eccleston, Coventry Telegraph, May 26, 2015:
A young Coventry man has been found guilty of terrorism offences this afternoon.
Muslim Zakariya Ashiq, 20, from Foleshill, was intent on martyring himself in Syria, a trial heard.
He was found guilty of preparing for acts of terrorism and assisting others to prepare for terrorism after a week-long trial at the Old Bailey.
The unemployed 20-year-old failed in his attempt to join Islamic State last November and was arrested when he returned to the UK.
The court heard that Ashiq had made other attempts to enter Syria.