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The UK military, which is already providing 13,500 troops for security services during the Olympic Games, has been asked to provide an additional 3,500 troops. Ministers fear that the private security company contracted for the event will not have sufficient staff. Organizers have realized that initial security estimates were inadequate.
Some east Londoners lost their bid to block the siting of missile defenses nearby during the Olympics. Authorities have accused three terror suspects of planning to attack an English Defense League march; three more suspects in the investigation were arrested today.
The UK's terror law watchdog said police may be intervening earlier in "marginal" cases due to the upcoming Olympic Games. A woman arrested yesterday in an antiterror operation was released. A suspected al Qaeda member passed through the Olympics site five times in recent months.
A woman from east London was arrested in an ongoing counterterrorism operation. An improvised explosive device was found in an impounded car involved in the operation. Two other suspects are believed to be brothers of a man awaiting trial in the UK on terror charges.
Police arrested seven men linked to a vehicle impounded in South Yorkshire that contained "firearms, offensive weapons and other material." The men, six of whom are from the Birmingham area, are suspected of terrorism. They are believed to be British Pakistanis.
Antiterrorism police arrested six people, including three brothers from Stratford, the site of the Olympic Games. All six, including a woman and a British convert to Islam, are suspected of links to an al Qaeda plot to attack targets in Britain. Two Muslim men arrested last week on suspicion of terrorism were released.
Counterterrorism police arrested two men in east London on suspicion of terrorist activity. The suspects, aged 18 and 32, are said to be British Muslim converts. One of the men, identified by an acquaintance as Jamal ud-Din, may be linked to an Islamist video that appeared on YouTube last year.
The head of M15, Britain's intelligence agency, said the Arab Spring has created a more permissive environment for al Qaeda in some countries. He said the threat of British jihadis returning to the UK from foreign terror training camps is a growing concern. The agency estimates that 100-200 British residents are engaged in terrorist activities in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa.
Zareen Ahmadzai, an Afghan who entered the UK illegally after fighting for the Taliban in Afghanistan for three years, convinced an immigration court to allow him to live in the UK. He claimed he was now wanted by the Taliban and ANSF, and the court said he "believed that he was advancing the cause of Islam" when he fought for the Taliban.