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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.
Family members said that well-known British jihadist Ifthekar Jaman a.k.a. Abu Aburahman died in Syria while fighting alongside the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. Michael Adebowale and Michael Adebolajo, who are accused of murdering a British soldier in Woolwich and have denied murdering him and attempting to murder a police officer, told the court that they had sought to "achieve martyrdom."
Prime Minister Cameron said the UK's military mission in Afghanistan has been accomplished; the British troop level there has dropped from 9,000 to about 5,200, and there are no plans to have British combat troops in the country after 2014. British military officials said they expect insurgent activity to pick up in Afghanistan as UK troops withdraw.
The UK is tightening sanctions on the Assad regime in Syria after discovering that it managed to obtain regime funds from banks in France and used them to buy food for the Syrian army. A private report claims that the 1988 Lockerbie bombing in Scotland involved convicted terrorist Mohammed Abu Talb, who is serving a life sentence for bombings in Amsterdam and Copenhagen.
The UK joined the US in suspending aid to rebels in northern Syria after the Islamic Front took over Free Syrian Army warehouses, arms depots, and the Bab al-Hawa border crossing into Turkey. In September, Foreign Minister Hague said the UK was providing £20 million in nonlethal support to the rebels, including 4x4 vehicles, body armor, generators, and communications equipment.