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Officials filed terror charges against two 25-year-old men who were arrested in east London during raids last week. Both of the suspects are British nationals; one is of Turkish origin and the other Algerian. Two other men arrested with them have been released. Pavlo Lapshyn, a postgraduate student from Ukraine, pled guilty to the murder of an elderly Muslim man in Birmingham and to plotting explosions as mosques in Walsall, Tipton, and Wolverhampton. He told investigators he had "a racial motivation" and wanted to "increase racial conflict," but did not mention Muslims or Islam. He was arrested in Ukraine in 2010 for an explosion that resulted from bomb-making.
Police released one of four men arrested in raids across London on Oct. 13, a British national of Pakistani origin. Three of the four men, who were suspected of a "serious" jihadist plot using firearms in the UK, remain in custody. Jordan Horner, a Muslim convert from the east London "Muslim Patrol" gang, pled guilty to charges of assaulting two people on the street. He had beaten up a photographer outside the home of extremist cleric Anjem Choudary, and threatened a female photographer with beheading and then smashed her car.
Authorities gave police protection to two prominent British Muslims who have denounced terrorism. Police warned of credible threats to the two men after Shabaab, al Qaeda's Somali affilate, released a video praising British jihadists and the killing of a UK soldier this summer in Woolwich. Scotland Yard is investigating the video.
Prime Minister Cameron said that a British newspaper's publication of data obtained by NSA leaker Edward Snowden has damaged national security; MI5 had strongly warned against such publication. Shabaab, the al Qaeda affiliate based in Somalia, released a video extolling the Woolwich murder of a UK soldier and claiming Shabaab has British fighters from all levels of British Muslim society, including men from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Jamaica, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Somalia. The video also shows a deceased Shabaab jihadist named Talha from London's East End.
MI5 estimates that as many as 200 British jihadists have traveled to Syria to fight. Intelligence sources say most of them are university-educated British Pakistanis in their 20s. The majority of British jihadists in Syria are thought to be fighting with extremist and al Qaeda-linked groups.
Police arrested four British nationals in London suspected of plotting a potentially "very serious" terror attack. In simultaneous raids, a Turk and an Algerian, both 25, were arrested in Whitechapel; a 28-year-old Azerbaijani was arrested in Bayswater; and a 29-year-old Pakistani was arrested in Peckham. Authorities are searching six addresses in London.
Foreign Minister Hague said the UK is now "more open to direct contact" with Iran; talks have begun on reopening their respective embassies. Hague also said that unless Iran takes concrete steps to address its breach of UN resolutions on its nuclear program, the UK will continue to maintain strong sanctions against Iran.
Home Secretary May said security has been heightened at shopping centers after the Westgate massacre in Nairobi, and noted that a number of potential terrorists have left the UK to fight in Somalia and Syria. The chairman of the UK's Charity Commission warned that money raised to help Syrian refugees was "undoubtedly" going to extremist groups. A committee representing the UK's largest charities has raised at least £20 million for Syrian relief since March and cannot guarantee that the money is not falling into the hands of terrorists.