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Counterterrorism police arrested two men in Bedford and confiscated items from two homes there after a search. The two suspects were released on bail. The UK joined the US in rejecting a draft Palestinian UN resolution on statehood.
Muhammad Aftab Suleman, of Manchester, was charged with five terrorism offenses following his arrest on Dec. 20 as he tried to fly to Pakistan. On Dec. 19, counterterrorism police raided his home, confiscating computers and phones. Suleman had allegedly traveled to Syria, Pakistan, and Qatar over the past year, returning to the UK in November. Police have already seized over £250,000 in cash from persons trying to fly from Manchester to Syria with funds for the Islamic State.
Ali Mohammed Said, of north London, was arrested as he tried to travel to Belgium with a fake passport; he is accused of seeking to help C.F., a terrorist with international connections, travel to Syria to join the Islamic State. Scotland's top prosecutor, who is continuing to investigate the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, said his team is working with officials from the US and the UK to bring to justice those who acted along with Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.
Ismail Abdulrahman, Muktar Said Ibrahim, Yassin Omar, and Ramzi Mohammed, who were sentenced to life in prison for an al Qaeda plot to attack London transport on July 21, 2005, two weeks after the deadly July 7 subway bombings, lost their appeals to the European Court of Human Rights. Two men from Luton were arrested by counterterrorism police on suspicion of membership in a banned organization; there are 63 groups currently on the UK's list of banned groups.
Michael Coe and Simon Keeler, of east London, were charged with trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State; Anthony Small, of southeast London, was charged with helping Coe and Keeler with travel plans; and two other east Londoners, Zagum Perviaz and Hamzah Safdar, were charged with assisting Coe and Keeler in obtaining false documents. Coe, Keeler, and Small also face charges of supporting a terror organization. Separate charges were filed against another man, Abdulraouf Eshati; they involved the purchase of ammunition and the hire of a cargo plane for terrorist purposes.
Defence Minister Fallon said the UK will send a few hundred troops to Iraq in January to help train Iraqi and Kurdish soldiers; the British deployment will also include a small "force protection" contingent. Fallon claimed that UK forces have flown a "huge" number of combat missions in Iraq against the Islamic State, "five times as many as France."
Islamic Relief Worldwide, a Birmingham-based charity that received £3.2 million from the British government in 2013, claimed that an audit it commissioned has cleared the charity of allegations it funded terrorism; Israel has accused the charity of diverting funds to Hamas. A recently released US Senate report on post-9/11 CIA interrogations disclosed that information gained from former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg had led to the 2004 capture of al Qaeda's Dhiren Birot a.k.a. 'Issa al-Britani' or 'al-Hindi,' who was plotting a dirty bomb attack in London. A British media outlet has exposed the activities of a prominent pro-Islamic State Twitter account based in India that communicated with British jihadists.
Runa Khan, a 35-year-old mother of six from Luton, was sentenced to five years and three months in jail for promoting terrorism on social media. Khan, who had advocated sending jihadists to Syria, had pled guilty in July to charges of disseminating terrorist literature.
Counterterrorism police arrested a man in Luton who is suspected of terrorist fundraising and incitement. Prime Minister Cameron claimed that the UK and Turkey are working closely to stop the movement of British jihadists through Turkey.
Security forces are taking seriously an "anonymous but credible" tip received of a plot to kidnap and kill a West Midlands police officer. In October, five members of a London gang who had allegedly sworn allegiance to the Islamic State were arrested for plotting to kill members of the city's police force.