A British chemistry teacher accused of supporting the Islamic State group faced jail after he pleaded guilty Monday to terrorism charges.
Jamshed Javeed admitted two counts of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts. He accepted that he intended to travel to Syria to join rebels fighting against President Bashar Assad’s government.
The 30-year-old was arrested in December by counterterror police, who said Javeed had been “an otherwise law-abiding man” who began to support the Islamic State group last summer.
Javeed was accused of making travel plans with the intention of committing terrorism, and intending to help other terrorists by providing funding and buying equipment.
He will be sentenced in December.
Britain’s head of counterterrorism, Mark Rowley, warned earlier this month of an unusually high number of U.K. terrorism cases, many related to Syria, and highlighted the increasing risk of young and impressionable people being radicalized online. Police have charged at least 16 people returning from the country for terrorist activity this year.
Also Monday, the brother of a British man who was killed fighting in Syria appeared in court charged with trying to help would-be terrorists. Mustakim Jaman, 23, is alleged to have given others advice on how to travel to Syria without being detected.