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Two Afghan detainees at the UK's Camp Bastion in Afghanistan dropped their legal challenge to a transfer to the Afghan National Detention Facility at Bagram airbase. The UK has been trying to transfer over 80 detainees from Camp Bastion to the Afghan prison, but Defence Secretary Hammond blocked the move in November over fears the detainees would be abused. Transfers were expected to resume starting this week as the Bagram prison has been rated positively by humanitarian organizations, but seven other detainees are still seeking to prevent their transfer.
The Supreme Court ruled that soldiers' families can sue the government for damages resulting from alleged negligence by the military; in so doing, the court rejected the Defence Ministry's claim of "combat immunity," except for decisions made in the heat of battle or at high levels of military policy. The court also overturned sanctions against Bank Mellat imposed in 2009 for links to Iran's nuclear weapons program.
Prime Minister Cameron said the UK has assessed that " elements affiliated to al-Qaeda in the region have attempted to acquire chemical weapons for probable use in Syria." He also said the UK agreed with the recent US assessment that the Assad regime had used chemical weapons in Syria.
A judge sentenced six Islamists from Birmingham to jail terms of nearly 20 years each for plotting a terrorist attack on an English Defence League meeting. The nearly 18,000 items of radical Islamist material found on the defendants' phones and computers were of "continuing significance," the judge noted.
At the sentencing of six Birmingham men convicted of plotting to bomb an English Defence League rally and possibly assassinate its leader, the prosecutor said the men intended to exact vengeance on the EDL for alleged blasphemy and to incur a retaliatory response from the EDL. One of the men, Jewel Uddin, was also linked to another Islamist terror group that was plotting attacks of its own. Another of the men, Zohaib Ahmed, had previously been arrested for possession of jihadist literature, and a third man, Mohammed Hasseen, was found to have 859 files of extremist material.
Police are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a north London Islamic center; the acronym for the English Defence League was found daubed on the building. A 30-year-old east London man was detained on June 4 for "disseminating terror publications" and is being held in custody. The arrest is linked to the May 24 arrest of Abdullah-Hassan, a.k.a. Abu Nusaybah, on similar charges.
Michael Adebowale and Michael Adelbolajo, prime suspects in the killing of a UK soldier in Woolwich, were given a date of June 28 for a preliminary hearing in the case. Prime Minister Cameron said that although the government has already held three major terrorist trials this year that sent 18 plotters to prison, "excluded more preachers of hate from this country than ever before," and closed militant websites that featured 5,700 "items of terrorist material," it was clear the government needed to do more.
The second main suspect in the Woolwich murder case, Michael Adebolajo, was charged with the murder of a British soldier, attempted murder of two police officers, and a weapons violation. A Syrian rebel fighter with the Islamist group Ahrar al-Sham claimed that slain British jihadist Ali al-Manasfi, the dead American jihadist Nicole Mansfield, and another possibly British jihadist called Abu Zubeir were fighting with Ahrar al-Sham when they were killed by Syrian forces.