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British authorities are said to be "closely monitoring" some 250 British jihadists who have fought in Syria and returned home. A British fighter with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in Syria appeared in a YouTube clip warning aspiring British jihadists of the difficulties of the battle zone.
Jordan Horner, 20, a Muslim convert linked to Islamist groups, was given a five-year order prohibiting him from making "unsolicited approaches" advocating sharia law that cause distress, and from meeting with Anjem Choudary, Royal Barnes, Ricardo McFarlane, or Dean Le Page unless for worship inside a mosque or other Islamic cultural center. Horner served as an enforcer for hate preacher Choudary.
Extremist cleric Omar Bakri Muhammad said suspected British suicide bomber Abdul Waheed Majeed was one of his former students and a member of the banned group al-Muhajiroun. Police are investigating the sending of small bombs to a number of Army recruiting offices in southeast England over the past week. Police reportedly do not believe the bombs are linked to al Qaeda.
Police searched a residence in Crawley, West Sussex, said to have been the home of British suicide bomber Abdul Waheed Majid a.k.a. Abu Suleiman al-Britani, who detonated in an Al Nusrah Front assault on Aleppo prison in Syria last week. Majid, a 41-year-old UK citizen of Pakistani origin, is thought to be the first British jihadist to have carried out a suicide bombing in Syria.
Abu Suleiman al-Britani, a British-born jihadist of Pakistani origin, reportedly detonated in an Al Nusrah Front suicide bombing at Aleppo Central Prison in Syria earlier this week. He is said to have been a Londoner. The UK has blacklisted the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's Syrian branch. As many as 20 UK fighters are thought to have died already in the Syrian conflict.
A British jihadist of Afghan origin called Abu Layth has reportedly been killed while fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in clashes with rebels; he is said to be the seventh British jihadist killed in Syria. Saajid Muhammad Badat, a British terrorist turned informant, has agreed to testify in the New York trial of extremist cleric Abu Hamza that the latter is a "terrorist with a global reach." Michael Adebolajo, one of two Islamist extremists found guilty of murdering a British soldier in Woolwich, plans to appeal the conviction.
French President Hollande said the UK and France have the "same level" Syrian jihadism, with some 600 to 700 people from their respective countries fighting in Syria; Whitehall countered that an estimated 350 Britons are fighting there. Six persons appeared in court for offenses linked to Syria, and two north London brothers, Akram and Mohamed Sebah, are said to have died fighting for al Qaeda there. Suspected Shabaab terrorist Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed, who absconded in a burka in November, and another suspect known as CF have been granted legal aid to appeal restriction orders. The Home Secretary is proposing legislation that would allow the government to strip British terror suspects of their citizenship even if it renders them stateless.
The head of the Police Officers' Association said British nationals who travel to Syria to fight with the rebels could be arrested upon their return, and noted that already this year UK authorities have arrested 16 people on suspicion of terrorism offenses in Syria, compared to 24 arrests total in 2013. Former prime minister Tony Blair warned that religious extremism has become the main source of conflict in this century, and recommended that governments tackle the problem at its ideological roots by promoting religious tolerance.
Two London women, Amal Elwahabi, 27, and Nawal Msaad, 26, have been charged with raising money for terrorists in Syria; Elwahabi was arresting while trying to board a flight to Turkey. Parliament's human rights watchdog called for a review of the government's counterterrorism powers, particularly its current terrorism prevention and investigation measures.