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A 33-year-old Anglo-Libyan man suspected of links to terrorist groups, including the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, has filed a legal challenge with the European Court of Human Rights to the UK's control order on his activities. The suspected terrorist, identified only as "AF," had previously contested government restrictions. In recent years UK terrorism suspects have resorted to the Strasbourg court to circumvent the UK justice system.
An appeals court upheld the seizure of the house of convicted terrorist Munir Farooqi, who had used the home to recruit fighters for the Taliban in Afghanistan. Farooqi also lost an appeal against his conviction, as did co-defendants Matthew Newton and Israr Malik. Farooqi had fought with the Taliban in Afghanistan and later turned his Manchester home into a terrorist propaganda center with over 50,000 pieces of extremist literature.
The Home Office said that 249 persons were arrested for terrorism-related offenses in 2012/13. Of the 249 arrested, 37 were charged with a terrorism-related offense, and so far 23 of the 37 have been convicted.
Prime Minister Cameron said the UK would not intervene militarily in Syria, but promised that Britain would "lead the world" in delivering humanitarian aid where needed in Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. Politicians are demanding information about the alleged export to Syria in 2012 of chemicals used to make nerve gas; the government claims the exports did not take place after revocation of the export licenses due to Syrian sanctions.
Foreign Secretary Hague said the UK would offer only diplomatic support to its allies in any Syrian military intervention. A British colonel denied claims that UK troops abused, mutilated, or executed Iraqis after a fierce battle near Majar al-Kabir in southern Iraq in May 2004.
The House of Commons rejected the government's plan for an imminent military intervention in Syria, and also rejected a motion that endorsed military action in Syria if it was supported by evidence from UN weapons inspectors. Earlier today, the UK released an intelligence dossier to support the intervention plan. Prime Minister Cameron conceded there was no "smoking gun" proving the Syrian government's guilt for the Aug. 21 chemical attack, but said "we all have to reach a judgment about what happened and who is responsible." A court is considering a US extradition request for Minh Quang Pham, a Vietnam-born British national who allegedly is a member of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and worked with its senior leaders in Yemen.