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Sir John Sawers, the head of MI6, said that the UK agency had thwarted Iran's attempt to develop a nuclear weapon, by means of covert operations beginning in 2008. He predicted that Iran would have nuclear weapons capability by 2014.
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.