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Mashudur Choudhury, a youth worker from Portsmouth, has become the first Briton convicted of a terrorism offense for traveling to Syria to join terrorists fighting there. He and four other men had gone to Syria at the urging of Iftekhar Jaman, who was later killed while fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. As many as 500 Britons are thought to have traveled to Syria to fight.
Nawal Masaad, of Holloway, and Amal El-Wahabi, northwest London, were accused of seeking to finance terrorism. Masaad had tried to smuggle €20,000 (£16,300) in her underwear through Heathrow airport on her way to Istanbul, where she was allegedly planning to meet with El-Wahabi's husband, a jihadist in Syria. The Foreign Office summoned Sudan's charge d'affaires in protest against Sudan's imposition of the death penalty on a pregnant woman for converting to Christianity.
The Foreign Office said it is investigating reports that two British fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham were killed during clashes with the Al Nusrah Front in Syria. A House of Commons committee report warned that the number of British fighters heading to Syria has reached alarming levels, and the chairman of committee said "the terrorist threat to the UK is as grave as at any point in the past 13 years." The EU estimates that over 2,000 Europeans have gone to Syria to fight, mainly from Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK.
The national head teachers' group expressed "serious concerns" about an alleged plot by Islamists to control education in a number of Birmingham schools. Ofsted, which oversees UK schools, and Birmingham authorities are conducting parallel investigations. Ofsted is now looking at 21 Birmingham schools; and schools in Bradford, Manchester, and east London are alleged to have similar problems. Two female football fans were fined for ripping up pages of the Koran at a Birmingham football match. Lawyers for escaped terror suspect Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed and another suspected Shabaab member identified as C.F. won an appeal against control orders.