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The Foreign Office warned of a "high" risk of terror attacks by al Qaeda against Westerners in Egypt, particularly in the north Sinai. MI5 has noted the emergence of a new generation of terrorists after the Arab Spring, especially in Egypt and Libya. The High Court temporarily banned the transfer of Afghan insurgents from British military custody to Afghan jails.
The Supreme Court rejected a bid by suspected al Qaeda operative Yunus Rahmatullah to force the UK to secure his release from Bagram prison, where he has been held since 2004. His lawyers contend his detention violated the Geneva Conventions.
The government rejected US requests to use UK bases in the Gulf for a military buildup. The prime minister's spokesperson said military action against Iran was not "the right course of action at this moment."
Six of of 12 British Muslims from Birmingham arrested last year on terror charges have pled guilty. The three senior members of the homegrown jihadist cell, which raised funds for terrorism through a fake Muslim charity, sent jihadists to Pakistan for training, and plotted an al Qaeda-inspired attack that was to be "another 9/11," have denied the charges.
Authorities identified a Bangladeshi resident of London as the leader of a group of British jihadists seeking to fight in Syria. Scotland Yard has seized computers and mobile phones from members of the group, which consists mainly of Londoners and includes seasoned Chechen fighters. The Security Minister said UK agencies must prepare for the increasing likelihood of a major terror attack.