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The Foreign Office said it would seek to offer practical support to the Syrian rebels in the form of training and non-lethal equipment. The Syrian National Coalition's appointment of a UK envoy was hailed as "a sign of progress." The Home Secretary got permission to appeal an immigration court ruling prohibiting the deportation of radical cleric Abu Qatada.
Jubayer Chowdhury and British trainee doctor Shajul Islam, who were arrested at Heathrow Airport by counterterrorism police, will be tried for their roles in the kidnapping and imprisonment of two Western journalists in Syria by Islamic extremists. Ruksana Begum, the sister of two men jailed this summer for a plot to blow up the London Stock Exchange, was sentenced to one year in jail for possession of terrorist literature.
The government has initiated an appeal against an Immigration Court ruling last month that blocked the deportation of radical cleric Abu Qatada to Jordan to face terror charges there. Prime Minister Cameron said he is "completely fed up" with Qatada's release on bail.
The government recognized the opposition Syrian National Coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people, and promised to provide communications equipment, a team to coordinate with the coalition, and possibly more humanitarian assistance. The UK has not yet advocated for an end to the embargo on selling arms to Syria.
Radical cleric Abu Qatada, who was instrumental in promulgating suicide attacks as a terrorist strategy, was released from prison to his home in London. The government plans to continue legal proceedings seeking his extradition to Jordan, which have already cost taxpayers £1 million and gone on for 10 years.