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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.
A court found Birmingham residents Irfan Naseer, Irfan Khalid, and Ashik Ali guilty of planning to execute a massive terror attack in England. The three al Qaeda-linked ringleaders plotted to use eight suicide bombers to cause more "carnage" than the 7/7 London bombings. Naseer and Khalid as well as four accomplices had traveled to Pakistan for terrorist training.
Islamist hate preacher Anjem Choudhary, who lives in a London suburb and receives over £25,000 a year in government benefits, was filmed urging his followers to "take money from the kuffar [nonbelievers]" while embracing jihad. He claimed Muslims were taking over England, and called Prime Minister Cameron, US President Obama, and the leaders of Egypt and Pakistan devils who should be killed.
Ofcom, the UK's independent communications watchdog, disclosed a number of instances in which Muslim TV channels have broadcast "inflammatory" programs in violation of rules that prohibit the one-sided airing of extremist views. Instances include advocacy of: death for apostasy, torture for homosexuals, and the "elimination" of anyone who insults the Prophet Mohammed. The UK has 14 Muslim TV free channels.
British police named seven additional suspects in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing. All of them were said to be members of the Jamahiriya Security Organisation; two died in the Libyan revolution. The sole person convicted for the bombing, Abdil-Basit Al-Maghrahi, died in 2012 in Libya.