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Armed soldiers have been deployed to guard military barracks in Whitehall after last week's terrorist attacks in Canada. Counterterrorism police are looking into reports that Sparkbrook resident Tareena Shakil left the UK with her young son to join the Islamic State in Syria. UK authorities have arrested over 100 people so far this year for Syria-related terrorist activities, and have denied or revoked passports for 21 people. Jaffar Deghayes, a teenager who left Brighton to join his brothers fighting in Syria, was recently killed fighting for the Al Nusrah Front; Jaffar's uncle is ex-Gitmo detainee Omar Deghayes.
Mustakim Jaman, the brother of slain British jihadist Ifthekar Jaman, was charged with preparing terrorist acts. The day before, Tuhin Shahensha, also from Portsmouth, was charged for the same crimes. The UK handed over Camp Bastion, its last base in Afghanistan, to the Afghan government; 453 British soldiers died during the UK's 13-year involvement in the war in Afghanistan.
Muhammad Mehdi Hassan, one of four young men from Portsmouth who traveled to Syria to fight for the Islamic State, has been killed in Syria. Senior Islamic State figures are reportedly threatening some 30 British jihadists with death if they leave the group. British hostage John Cantlie appeared in another Islamic State video. British military leaders admitted they had miscalculated the magnitude of the conflict in Afghanistan.
Prime Minister Cameron met with security chiefs today to implement heightened security measures around Parliament and other British institutions following yesterday's attack on the Canadian parliament in Ottawa. Lawyers for the Muslim Brotherhood claimed that an unpublished UK government report clears the group of alleged links to terrorism. A woman arrested yesterday for suspected terrorist activity was released on bail.
Police arrested a woman in Bedfordshire and a man in London, both on suspicion of jihadist activity linked to Syria; the cases were said to be unrelated. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Hogan-Howe said that 500 Britons have traveled to Syria to fight. Police have made over 218 terrorism-related arrests this year; 16 people have been charged on their return from Syria. Last week Scotland Yard said that several terrorist plots to murder people on British streets have been disrupted this year; some 50 people a week are now being referred to deradicalization programs.
Authorities arrested three men in central London suspected of terrorism-related crimes, and searched a business and four homes in the city. Three of the five men arrested last week on suspicion of plotting terrorist attacks on the UK remain in custody.
Foreign Secretary Hammond said the UK has not ruled out participating in coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria. Defence Secretary Fallon urged other Middle Eastern countries, especially Turkey, to join the battle against the Islamic State, and said Parliament currently is not ready to approve joining coalition airstrikes in Syria; he also stated that the UK and the US cannot alone be the "saviors" of Iraq and Syria. Police have been given until Oct. 14 to question four men arrested in London on Oct. 7; one of the suspects is medical student Tarik Hassane, and at least one of the suspects had spent time in Syria. The four allegedly were plotting a terrorist attack on the UK. Mounir Rarmoul-Bouhadjar, who was arrested in October 2013 along with Erol Incedal, has admitted to possessing a bomb-making guide; the trial on terrorism charges was previously secret.
RAF jets carried out an airstrike last night against Islamic State fighters near Ramadi who were firing on Iraqi forces. Whitehall officials acknowledged the credibility of reports that two British jihadists were among some 180 Islamic State fighters swapped last month by Turkey for 46 Turkish personnel held captive by the IS in Mosul. The group of fighters turned over to the IS in the swap also reportedly included three French citizens, two Swedes, two Macedonians, a Swiss, and a Belgian.
Police are investigating the appearance of UK jihadist Abu Saeed al Britani in a recent IS video. Prime Minister Cameron called for a special forces raid to capture IS executioner "Jihadi John." Ex-Gitmo inmate Moazzem Begg is planning to sue the British government on false imprisonment charges; he has admitted to having been "involved in training young men to defend civilians against war crimes by the Assad regime." A senior Muslim Council of Britain official said the Islamic State is "hijacking the religion." Lord General Richards, former head of the British army, said its size needs to be increased as Islamic extremism presents a long-term challenge that cannot be addressed simply by airstrikes. A Whitehall official said about 100 British jihadists in Turkey are afraid to return to the UK for fear of imprisonment but also fear being killed by the IS in Syria for defecting.