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British Men Charged With Trying to Join Islamic State and Attack US Military

The Crown Prosecution Service said Tuesday that 24-year-old Junead Ahmed Khan and his 22-year-old uncle Shazib Ahmed Khan have been charged with trying to join the extremist group in Syria.

by VICE News
Jul 21 2015, 2:25pm

Islamic State banners in Mosul. Photo by Mohammed Al-Mosuli

Two men in the UK have been charged with attempting to join the Islamic State (IS) in Syria, while one was also charged with planning a terrorist attack on US military personnel in Britain.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced on Tuesday that 24-year-old Junead Ahmed Khan and his 22-year-old uncle Shazib Ahmed Khan have been charged with trying to join the extremist group. Junead Khan was also charged with plotting to attack US military personnel. 

"We have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Junead Khan and Shazib Khan with the intention of committing acts of terrorism," said Deborah Walsh, deputy head of Counter Terrorism at CPS.

"It is alleged that Junead Khan and Shazib Khan had been planning on travelling to Syria to join the proscribed organization Islamic State. It is further alleged that Junead Khan was planning a terrorist attack on US military personnel in the UK and he has been charged with an additional terrorism offence to reflect this."

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The men were arrested last week in Luton, around 30 miles north of London, and are expected to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court in central London on Tuesday afternoon

A third man who had been arrested in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, on suspicion of terrorism has been released without being charge. He has not been named.

British officials claim some 700 Britons have traveled to Syria in support of the militant group.

The Associated Press contributed to this report