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A Syrian defector from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham said the terror group is training British, European, and American recruits to conduct terror attacks in their home countries. Some 500 British fighters are believed to have traveled to Syria, and about 50 are thought to have already returned home. Jihadists in Syria seeking to return to their home countries are reportedly funneled through al Qaeda safe houses in Turkey. Responding to criticism about military budget cuts, former Defense Secretary Liam Fox said the UK is "the world's eighth biggest economy with the fourth biggest defense budget."
Scotland Yard is questioning two women suspected of terrorist activity; one was arrested at Heathrow airport on Jan. 16 as she tried to board a flight for Istanbul with a large quantity of cash, and the other was arrested in northwest London yesterday. A man from Sheldon, Birmingham, was arrested at Gatwick airport yesterday on suspicion of having attended a terrorist training camp in Syria. Yusuf Sawar and Mohammed Ahmed, of Handsworth, Birmingham, appeared in court to face charges of traveling to Syria for terrorist purposes; Sawar had said he intended to join a group linked to the Al Nusrah Front. Six convicted terrorists from Birmingham who planned a bombing campaign in the UK have been ordered to pay, mainly to Muslim Aid, the £33,000 they obtained fraudulently while posing as collectors.
Police arrested two men at Heathrow airport who had arrived on a flight from Istanbul. The two Birmingham men are thought to have traveled to Syria for jihad in May 2013. A British ship will join the convoy that is removing Syria's chemical weapons for disposal.
Michael Adebowale, an Islamist convicted of murdering British soldier in Woolwich, said he was inspired to convert to Islam by US-born hate preacher Sheikh Khalid Yasin, who resides in the UK. Yasin has advocated the killing of homosexuals and is linked to jihadist circles in the country.
Abdul-Hakim Belhaj, the former leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, lost his case against British officials whom he had accused of colluding in his rendition to Libya; now in Tripoli, he vowed to appeal. The BBC was criticized for giving lengthy air time to hate preacher Anjem Choudhary to discuss the verdict in the case of the killing of a British soldier in Woolwich; Choudhary refused to condemn the murder, which he blamed on the UK government. Siblings Mohammed Zahir Nawaz and Nabelia Nawaz, of east London, were charged in a terrorism case involving the arrest of four UK men who allegedly traveled to Syria for jihad in October. Usman Hussain Choudhary of Dudley was arrested last week for possessing and distributing terrorist literature.
British citizens Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, both Muslim converts, were found guilty of murdering a British soldier in Woolwich; they were not convicted on charges of attempting to murder a policeman. Prior to the murder, Adebolajo was known to authorities as an extremist; he had been radicalized by the outlawed group Al-Muhajiroun and arrested in Kenya in 2010 while trying to join Shabaab.