Awat Hamasalih, aged 35, from Kingstanding, has been sentenced to six years imprisonment after he was convicted of terrorism offences.

Hamasalih was found guilty of being a member of a proscribed organisation (Daesh) and being in possession of articles connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism.

He was in possession of Daesh material on several devices, had posted on social media in support of Daesh and had documents also in support of Daesh. Hamasalih also had contact with an individual believed to be a Daesh commander and was communicating information on an attack on Mosul.

On arrest from his home address in November last year, detectives also found a spreadsheet containing the personnel details of infantry soldiers of the Peshmerga.

Hamasalih was given a six year sentence for being a member of a proscribed organisation and five years for being in possession of articles for terrorist purposes. Both sentences are to run concurrently.

Chief Superintendent Matt Ward, who heads WMCTU, said: “On social media, Hamasalih claimed to be an ISIS recruiter and claimed he was able to help people with aspirations to travel to Syria.

“WMCTU will continue to protect local communities by working with partners and the CPS to pursue and prosecute all those who show support for illegal organisations such as so-called Daesh or who seek to spread hate and terror.”

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