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Royal Barnes, a 22-year-old customer relations worker from Hackney, east London, was charged with terrorism offenses for creating and publishing videos glorifying the murder of a British soldier by radical Islamists in Woolwich and for inciting terrorism overseas. He was arrested on Aug. 9 with a woman who will appear in court tomorrow.
Due to security concerns, Britain plans to close its embassy in Yemen on Aug. 4 and Aug. 5, and has issued a travel advisory to British nationals in Yemen. British embassies in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, and Iraq will remain open, but the Foreign Office advised staff to "exercise extra vigilance."
Police charged Pavlo Lapshyn, 25, a Ukrainian postgraduate student, with the "terrorist-related" murder of an elderly Muslim man in Birmingham on April 29. Lapshyn is also still being questioned about two mosque bombings in the West Midlands.
Five prison officers were suspended over allegations that a "control and restraint" operation in the jail injured Woolwich murder suspect Michael Adebolajo. The suspect claimed he was "targeted" by prison staff. Police were granted an extra week to question two Ukrainian men suspected of setting off bombs near three mosques in the West Midlands.
Police arrested two men today on suspicion of involvement in bomb blasts targeting mosques in Walsall and Tipton on June 21; the suspects, aged 22 and 25, are described as eastern European. Police also searched a mosque in Wolverhampton today for an explosive device reportedly "activated" on June 28.
The independent reviewer of terror laws reported that the UK terror threat is now "more complicated" due to a trend toward "smaller and less organized" plots, but noted that in three recent plots "the ring leaders had either trained in Pakistan or had been to Pakistan and had contact with al-Qaeda." The current threat level is "substantial" in Britain and "severe" in Northern Ireland.
Prime Minister Cameron is said to have abandoned plans to arm the Syrian rebels after warnings from senior military officials that sending arms would not likely alter the course of the conflict or could empower jihadist elements, and that the imposition of a no-fly zone or more significant measures could embroil Britain in a lengthy war. Reports that Cameron's wife has influenced his policy on Syria were downplayed. A recent report claimed that in 2012 more UK soldiers died from suicide (21 serving soldiers and 29 veterans) than from duty in Afghanistan (44, of which four were not combat-related). Royal Mail worker Mohammed Benares was jailed for two years for possessing terrorist material; Benares, who had links with extremist clerics Anjem Choudary and Abu Izzadeen, had 53 copies of al Qaeda's Inspire magazine in his possession.
Parliament moved to require the Prime Minister to give it veto power over any decision to arm the Syrian rebels. The head of MI6 has warned of the "highly worrying proliferation" of chemical weapons if the Assad regime falls in Syria. British spy agencies now believe Syria presents the biggest terror threat to the UK, as "significant numbers" of radicalized individuals from the UK and Europe have gone to Syria, and there is also now the risk that the "permissive environment" in Syria could allow extremist elements there to plot attacks against the West.
The government pledged £50 million in aid to help Lebanon support Syrian refugee communities. The parliamentary committee on security and intelligence reported that cyberattacks against the UK are at their highest level and rising. Barclays, the only major UK bank that still provides wire transfer services to Somalia, is planning to shut down the service over fears that it can be used for money laundering and terrorism.
The Home Secretary has requested that two radical Islamist groups, Boko Haram and Minbar Ansar Deen a.k.a. Ansar al-Sharia UK, be added to the country's list of banned terrorist organizations as of July 12. The UK currently proscribes 49 international terrorist groups.
Al Qaeda-linked cleric Abu Qatada was deported to Jordan to face retrial on terrorism charges. Under a treaty reached between the UK and Jordan in March, any evidence obtained through torture will be inadmissible. Some doubt that Qatada will be convicted.
Ayan Hadi, the wife of convicted terrorist Richard Dart, pled guilty to withholding information about her husband that would have helped with his arrest and prosecution. Preparations were made to deport extremist cleric Abu Qatada to Jordan to face terrorism charges.