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Police detained five men on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism; three were arrested at Dover and two were arrested in East London. Police also arrested 13 men and one woman at Dover on immigration charges; one of the men was suspected of human trafficking.
Alaa Abdullah Esayed, a 22-year-old woman from south London, was charged with disseminating terrorist literature and encouraging terrorism; she was released on bail. Zakariya Ashiq, 19, of Coventry, was charged with terrorism-related crimes following his arrest upon arrival from Jordan on Nov. 20.
Two brothers from east London, Hamza Nawaz and Mohommod Nawaz, were each sentenced to less than five years in prison for traveling to Syria to attend a training camp run by the extremist group Junud al Sham. They were arrested in September 2013 as they arrived back in the UK at Dover with rifle ammunition in their car.
A government report on the murder of British soldier Lee Rigby found that the one of the murderers, Michael Adebolajo, had been the subject of five MI5 investigations prior to the crime, including one involving an al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) plot against the West in 2011. The report also found that the other murderer, Michael Adebowale, had communicated online with an extremist overseas six months before the crime about his plan to kill a UK soldier. Home Secretary May is seeking to ban universities from hosting extremist speakers. A teenage Kurdish girl from Islington has reportedly gone to Syria to fight against the Islamic State.
Home Secretary May warned that the UK is facing its biggest ever threat of terrorism, and said authorities have foiled some 40 major terrorist plots since the July 2005 subway bombings. She is proposing new antiterrorism legislation, including measures to require schools, colleges, and probation providers help prevent radicalization. A senior antiterrorism official said that half of the British jihadists joining the Islamic State had been radicalized only recently. UK Islamist Siddhartha Dhar a.k.a. Abu Rumaysah claimed that he and his family had escaped Britain to join the Islamic State's "caliphate."
Metropolitan police commissioner Hogan-Howe said the police have stopped "four or five" terror attacks already this year, in comparison to one per year in recent years. He estimated that 500 people have left the UK to fight for extremist groups in Iraq and Syria. Khalid Mahmood, a Muslim MP from Birmingham, said 2,000 is a better estimate, and that the growing number of British jihadists is "a huge, huge problem." Mahmood also warned that the government has not effectively stopped the flow of jihadists in and out of the country. The Muslim Council of Britain said authorities should arresting more would-be jihadists as they try to leave the UK. Police are starting a public campaign to raise counterterrorism awareness this week.
Two Londoners, Abu Abdullah al Habashi and Abu Dharda, are reported to have been killed while fighting for the Islamic State in Syria. West Midlands counterterrorism police arrested a suspected terrorist from Coventry at Heathrow Airport on Nov. 20 upon his arrival from Jordan. A powerful explosion shook a central London hotel last night, injuring 14 people, destroying part of the building, and forcing the evacuation of 500 guests; investigators are looking into the cause.
A judge ordered that extremist cleric Anjem Choudary and six other Islamist associates be allowed to preach publicly while out on bail. Ofsted found that six Muslim schools in east London are putting their students at risk of Islamic radicalization, and threatened to close the schools if changes are not implemented; the four secondary and two primary schools were all found to focus on Islamic knowledge to the exclusion of other subjects. British hostage John Cantlie appeared in another Islamic State video, the seventh in which he has been featured. An official report on the murder of UK soldier Lee Rigby by Islamic extremists will be published next week.
Nadir Ali Sayed, Yousaf Shah Syed, and Haseeb Hamayoon, who were arrested three days before Remembrance Sunday, were charged with being "jointly engaged" in preparing terrorist acts. A fourth suspect was released on Nov. 15. The three men reportedly planned to behead a member of the public in the UK. An Ofsted report accused an east London secondary school of failing to protect students from extremism; a Facebook page run by senior students in the school's Islamic society contained links to extremist clerics.
In a largely secret trial, Erol Incedal, a law student from London, was convicted of possessing a manual on how to make bombs. Incedal is thought to have been planning a Mumbai-type attack as well as targeting former prime minister Tony Blair, and faces retrial on those charges in 2015. Incedal's co-defendant, Mounir Rarmoul-Bouhadjar, also from London, pled guilty to possessing a bomb-making manual. Police are investigating reports that Cardiff student Nasser Muthana, 20, appeared in the Islamic State's video on the beheading of US citizen Peter Kassig. Muthana's brother Aseel is also thought to have joined the Islamic State in Syria. British Islamic State executioner 'Jihadi John' also appeared in the video, threatening the slaughter of citizens on the streets of the UK.
Amal El-Wahabi, 28, of London, was sentenced to 28 months in jail for trying to send 20,000 euros to her jihadist husband Aine Davis, an ex-convict who was fighting for the Islamic State in Syria. Mirza Masroor Ahmad, spiritual leader of Ahmadi Muslims worldwide, said governments need to stop the flow of funding to the Islamic State, and claimed that no Ahmadi Muslims have joined the terrorist group. He called for imams in the UK to preach in English and teach "love of country." The government is considering new legislation to bar jihadists from returning to the UK.