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Lieutenant-General Nick Carter, the UK's senior commander in Afghanistan, warned against British troops cuts that could endanger the progress made in the last three years. The massive airlift of military equipment back to the UK from Afghanistan has begun.
The UK has begun sending military trainers to Mali as part of an EU mission. The Home Office lost its appeal against a ruling preventing the deportation of radical Islamist Abu Qatada; the court said the fact he was regarded as a "very dangerous person" was not relevant. Qatada was arrested earlier this month but has never faced UK charges.
The senior national counterterrorism coordinator said the government has foiled a terror plot the size of the 7/7 London tube bombings every year since 2005; he also said al Qaeda remains the biggest terror threat to the UK. British jails currently hold 134 prisoners classified as terrorists or domestic extremists, of whom 107 are linked to al Qaeda. Counterterrorism police are investigating "an awful lot of media" found at the home of extremist cleric Abu Qatada suggesting his extensive involvement in global terrorism.
A British official said more British jihadists are going to Syria than all the other areas of conflict combined, and warned that Syria could become "the crucible of trans-national terrorism." Three men pled guilty to terrorism charges, including traveling to Pakistan for training. Complaints were made about an event sponsored by an Islamic group at University College London in which the audience was segregated.
The Labour Party suspended Pakistan-born Muslim peer Nazir Ahmed for stating that his recent prison sentence for dangerous driving was due to pressure by Jews "who own newspapers and TV channels." As many as 10 of the UK's most dangerous terror suspects will be "free of all constraints" early next year when the time limits of restrictive court orders expire.
The Immigration Appeals Commission refused to grant bail to Islamist hate preacher Abu Qatada, who was arrested on March 8 for breaching bail conditions. He apparently violated a prohibition against having mobile phones switched on in his home while he is present.
Counterterrorism police raided the home of extremist cleric Abu Qatada in London on March 7, and he was arrested by the UK Border Agency today for violation of bail conditions. Authorities removed bags of evidence from his home; another residence and a business were also searched. The UK is still trying to deport him to Jordan, where he is wanted for terrorism offenses.
Foreign Secretary Hague said Syria "has become the top destination for jihadists anywhere in the world." The UK will give £13 million to the Syrian opposition, on top of the £9.4 million already committed. A new exemption to the EU arms embargo will allow the UK to provide Syrian rebels with "nonlethal" military equipment, including armored vehicles. The UK plans to channel the assistance to "moderate groups." Hundreds of UK passport-holders, including some known extremists, have traveled to Syria to join the rebels.
Zahid Iqbal, Mohammed Sharfaraz Ahmed, Umar Arshad and Syed Farhan Hussain pled guilty to a terrorism charge. The four Luton men had engaged in preparations for a terrorist attack, including travel, training, funding, and acquiring equipment and al Qaeda manuals.
Following the conviction of three Birmingham men for plotting a mass terror attack, a senior police officer said the "threat from Birmingham remains very high." The plot had allegedly been blessed by key al Qaeda operative Khalid al-Kuwaiti, a.k.a. Khalid Abdurrahman al-Husainan, who was reportedly killed by a US drone strike in Pakistan in December 2012.