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Former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg, who had been jailed on terrorism charges, including the allegation that he attended a terrorist training camp in Syria between October 2012 and April 2013, was released from Belmarsh Prison after charges were dropped. The West Midlands police chief refused to discuss the "new material" that led to the dismissal of the charges. The family of a south London teenage girl who left last week for Turkey to join Islamic State fighters issued an appeal for her to return. RAF Tornadoes targeted the Islamic State in Iraq.
One day after the British military was authorized to join the international coalition's airstrike campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq, two Cyprus-based Tornado jets have completed a reconnaissance mission. Trevor Brooks a.k.a. Abu Izzadeen, a convicted terrorist from east London who is one of 11 Islamists arrested on Sept. 25 and 26, was charged with lying about his whereabouts to authorities; the other 10 men, including extremist cleric Anjem Choudary, have been released on bail until January. Choudary claimed that the UK's entry into the coalition against the Islamic State has "pulled Britain into a very bloody war that will have manifestations on the streets of London."
The Parliament voted to approve the deployment of six Tornado jets to support the air campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq. Defence Secretary Fallon said the campaign would be long and would not consist of a "series of immediate hits," and would be aimed at preventing the "slaughter of civilians" by the terrorist organization. Cabinet ministers have said that the Islamic State cannot be defeated without hitting its bases and operations in Syria. The day after his arrest with eight other people suspected of membership in a terrorist organization, extremist cleric Anjem Choudary has been released after questioning. The Home Office is taking over the Passport Office, which had been privatized and was in disarray.
The Islamic State released a video showing British hostage John Cantlie, a journalist seized in Syria in November 2012, promising to show "the truth" about the IS in future videos. UK Muslim groups and leaders called for the IS to release British aid worker Alan Henning, whom IS recently threatened to murder.
The government is said to be giving serious consideration to joining the military airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq. As part of an ongoing investigation, counterterrorism police raided a house in Cardiff and seized materials from it.