Fighters from Ahrar al-Sham brigade pray inside their base in Arbeen, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta, March 6, 2014. Picture taken March 6, 2014. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh
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Three young men were convicted and handed prison sentences Friday for trying to travel to Syria, a magnet for foreign fighters, even though they never left France.The convictions by a Paris court were thought to be the first in France of potential jihadi fighters for Syria. The court handed down prison terms ranging from two to five years for criminal association with the intent to commit terrorist acts, a sweeping charge used in France to cast a wide net in terror cases. French authorities have said that more than 600 French had left for Syria, were plotting to go or have returned.
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