Two British citizens killed fighting for the Islamic State

Two British citizens are understood to have been killed fighting for Islamic State in Syria. Abu Abdullah al Habashi, 21, and Abu Dharda, 20, both from London, are reported to have died in the Syrian border town of Kobani.

Al Habashi is believed to have made comments supporting Isis on social media and appeared in at least two propaganda videos posted online by the extremist group. He grew up in north London in a British-Eritrean family, and converted to Islam when he was 16. His family tried to convince him to return to Britain but he had said he was happy in the Middle East and there was no going back. Dharda, who is from a British-Somali background and grew up in west London, is understood to have travelled to Syria in December 2013 via Turkey.

About 27 Britons are understood to have lost their lives after joining the jihadists.

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