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The head of the Police Officers' Association said British nationals who travel to Syria to fight with the rebels could be arrested upon their return, and noted that already this year UK authorities have arrested 16 people on suspicion of terrorism offenses in Syria, compared to 24 arrests total in 2013. Former prime minister Tony Blair warned that religious extremism has become the main source of conflict in this century, and recommended that governments tackle the problem at its ideological roots by promoting religious tolerance.
Two London women, Amal Elwahabi, 27, and Nawal Msaad, 26, have been charged with raising money for terrorists in Syria; Elwahabi was arresting while trying to board a flight to Turkey. Parliament's human rights watchdog called for a review of the government's counterterrorism powers, particularly its current terrorism prevention and investigation measures.
Foreign Secretary Hague demanded that the perpetrators of mass torture and killings in Syria blamed on the Assad regime and disclosed by a recent report be brought to justice. Ofcom, the communications watchdog, cleared three British broadcasters of breaching the broadcasting code for airing an interview with hate preacher Anjem Choudary, former leader of banned Islamic group Al Muhajiroun, following the murder of a British soldier by Islamist extremists.
Counterterrorism police arrested a man at Stansted airport as he arrived from Turkey. An appellate court rejected the case of a Pakistani man whose father was killed by a US drone strike. Five of seven terror suspects to be freed from security restrictions later this month are deemed highly dangerous and likely to engage in terrorist activity involving travel to Syria, Somalia, and Pakistan.
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.