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Amid reports that 500 Britons are now fighting abroad with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, Sir Peter Fahy, the police lead for the government's anti-radicalization Prevent program, said parents, not police, are responsible for the actions of young Muslims who turn to extremism. The Home Office is planning to ban the Islamic Dawah Association, an extremist group based in Wales that is considered to be a front for the banned group Al Muhajiroun; other banned groups in the UK include Need4Khilafah and The Shariah Project. Community groups in Cardiff joined together to denounce Islamic extremism. Three water cannon ordered by London's mayor are due to arrive next week.
Home Secretary May said "many hundreds" of Britons have traveled to fight in the ranks of Syrian rebels and "some will represent a real danger to us." Ensuring that security forces have stronger Internet surveillance powers is now "a question of life and death, a matter of national security," she said. The father of Ali Kalantar, of Coventry, who is believed to be fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in Syria, said his son was radicalized at a local mosque. Humza Yousaf, Scottish government minister for external affairs, acknowledged "the enormity of the challenge" of addressing radicalization in the UK and abroad. Due to government pressure, some 15,000 items promoting jihad have been taken down from the Internet since December 2013.
A man appearing in a recent ISIS recruiting video has been identified as Raqib, a Bangladeshi from Aberdeen. Police, intelligence, and local Muslim communities have said that there is a problem of Islamic radicalization in Cardiff, the city where the other two jihadists in the video came from. Labour MP Khalid Mahmood claimed that as many as 2,000 Britons may have been recruited by extremists. Lord Carlisle, a former independent reviewer of terrorism laws, echoed the assessment of former MI6 counterterrorism director Richard Barrett that UK authorities will not be able to track all returning British jihadists, and recommended reintroducing measures like the "control orders" that were scrapped in 2011.
An Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham recruitment video surfaced, featuring three Britons and two Australians calling for Westerners to come to Iraq and Syria for jihad; UK counterterrorism officials were working to get the video taken offline. MI5 has now made tracking British jihadists in Syria its top priority. The counterterrorism chief for the Kurdistan Regional Government said ISIS is likely to use its surviving British jihadists to mount attacks against the UK; he also claimed that KRG intelligence told the US and Iraq in January that ISIS was planning to seize Mosul and advance on Baghdad but the warnings were ignored.
Parliament banned the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS), along with four other groups also linked to the crisis in Syria and Iraq: Abdullah Azzam Brigades, including the Ziyad al-Jarrah Battalions (AAB/ZJB); Kateeba al-Kawthar (KaK); Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command (PFLP-GC); and Turkiye Halk Kurtulus Partisi-Cephesi (THKP-C). Security Minister Brokenshire said Syria is now the "number one destination" for jihadists worldwide. Abubaker Deghayes, the father of three men who traveled to Syria to fight for al Qaeda-linked forces, claimed that British fighters in Syria pose no threat to the UK. Deghayes is a relative of ex-Gitmo detainee Omar Deghayes, who was deemed a "high risk" due to his personal contacts with senior al Qaeda figures in Europe as well as the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, but was released to the UK in 2007.
Prime Minister Cameron warned that the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham threatens not only the Middle East but is also planning attacks on the UK. The ISIS is estimated to have up to 500 fighters from the UK. The government said it has arrested 65 people in the past 18 months for Syria-related terrorism offenses, including 40 arrests in the first quarter of 2014. Also, between April 2013 and March 2014, the passports of 14 people were seized, mostly to prevent jihadist travel to Syria. Two extremists under police investigation, Abu Aziz, an associate of Anjem Choudary; and Junaid Hussain,of Birmingham, have escaped to Syria. Aziz has since stated his support for ISIS.
The trial of two suspected terrorists, Erol Incedal, a British national of Turkish origin, and Mounir Rarmoul-Bouhadjar, a British national of Algerian origin, who are both 26 and from London, was delayed until October. The Court of Appeal recently blocked the government's attempt to hold the first completely secret criminal trial, ruling that while the "exceptional" nature of the case necessitated that the "core of the trial" remain private, the principle of open justice required that certain elements be disclosed.
Senior UK Shia cleric Fadhil al-Milani urged British Muslims not to fly to Iraq to fight the forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, but still to offer "every assistance" to those in Iraq who are fighting the ISIS. The Foreign Office has advised Britons to avoid non-essential travel to Iraq except to the Kurdistan region.
Six Birmingham men who had plotted to attack an English Defence League rally in 2012 with bombs, knives, and sawn-off shotguns and were sentenced to jail terms of up to 19 years, with five years of their terms "on licence," or not in custody, lost their appeal for shorter sentences. The Home Secretary authorized the London Metropolitan Police to purchase three water cannon to help "maintain order on our streets."