Sec­ond brother dies in Syria bat­tle

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A YOUNG Bri­tish Mus­lim whose brother died fight­ing in war-torn Syria has also been killed.

Jaf­far Deghayes, 17, is be­lieved to have died at the week­end after leav­ing his home near Brighton ear­lier this year in a bid to over­throw dic­ta­tor Bashar Al-As­sad’s gov­ern­ment.

His brother, Ab­dul­lah, 18, died in Latakia prov­ince in April after leav­ing the UK in Jan­uary to re­port­edly take up arms with Jab­hat al-Nusra, an al Qaeda-af­fil­i­ated group.

Yes­ter­day the pair’s other brother, Amer, 20, who also trav­elled to Syria, re­layed news of the death of Jaf­far to their dad, Abubaker Deghayes, back home in Salt­dean, East Sus­sex.

Mr Deghayes said: “Amer sent me a mes­sage. All I know is that (Jaf­far) was fight­ing against As­sad and was killed in bat­tle.

“I don’t know much else. I can only hope and pray to God to ac­cept him and have mercy on him.”

The brothers’ un­cle, Omar Deghayes, was a pris­oner at Guan­tanamo Bay for five years.

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