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Scotland Yard chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said about half of the estimated 500 British jihadists in Syria and Iraq are from London, and warned that the task of addressing the threat posed by their return to the UK should not be underestimated. UK jihadist Nasser Muthana, an Islamic State fighter, posted photos of IEDs he made in Syria on social media. British police are investigating the distribution of leaflets on London's Oxford Street urging Muslims to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State.
British authorities said RAF planes will soon begin dropping food rations to Iraqi refugees threatened by the Islamic State; they also indicated that the UK will support the US with surveillance and refueling in its planned airstrikes on the militants in Iraq. The Prime Minister's office said the UK is not planning a military intervention in Iraq. Abu Abdullah, British Muslim convert of Eritrean origin, claimed to have fought for the Islamic State in Ramadi. New UK Education Secretary Nicky Morgan plans to announce that teachers who expose children to religious extremism will be fired without appeal, and that even nursery schools will be stripped of government funding if they "promote extremist views."
Following the sudden resignation yesterday of Foreign Office minister Baroness Warsi, the first Muslim woman to serve in the Cabinet, over the government's Gaza policies, Baroness Anelay was named to replace her. The Old Bailey court heard that Afsor Ali, who is accused of possessing terrorist literature, appeared in Muslims Against Crusades videos promoting extremism, had bomb-making instructions on his computer, and was personally tutored by hate preacher Omar Bakri.
Army head General Peter Wall said UK forces may have to return to Afghanistan "if the Taliban were to be resurgent and al Qaeda was again establishing sanctuaries." There are now about 4,100 UK troops in Afghanistan. A former British judge warned that the social media boasts of British jihadist Reyaad Khan, who has claimed participation in Islamic State executions in Syria, could serve as a basis for prosecution in the UK. The UN's war crimes commission is also "collecting information on perpetrators from all sides including non-state armed groups and ISIS," according to UN official Paul Pinheiro.
Al Qaeda's black flag was displayed by protesters who blocked an east London tunnel last week shouting "Free Palestine" and leaving motorists temporarily trapped. An organization that tracks attacks on the UK's Jewish community noted that antisemitic incidents had risen 36% between January and June, to a total of 304, and that there have been 130 more incidents in July alone.
HSBC Bank notified the Finsbury Park Mosque, where convicted terrorist Abu Hamza held forth, and other Muslim organizations including the think tank Cordoba Trust and the Bolton-based charity Ummah Welfare Trust that it is closing their accounts as they are beyond the bank's "risk appetite." In 2012 the bank paid out nearly $2 billion in a US settlement of money-laundering claims. After being given new evidence relating to the Trojan Horse plot to inject Islamist extremism into area schools, the West Midlands Police began investigating whether any crimes have taken place. Razwan Faraz, the deputy head at one of the schools, was suspended; he is a brother of Ahmed Faraz, a Birmingham bookseller who distributed extremist literature.