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Foreign Secretary Hammond said the Islamic State jihadist whose videotaped murder of US journalist James Foley was published yesterday appears to be British, and warned that "there are a significant number of British nationals in Syria and Iraq operating with extremist organisations" and accordingly the Islamic State presents "a direct threat to the UK's national security." The regional officer for the national head teachers' union said individuals involved in the Trojan Horse plot to impose Islamist teaching in Birmingham schools may still be operating in the schools despite recent efforts to remove them.
Defense Secretary Fallon said the RAF's efforts in Iraq against the Islamic State could last weeks or months, as it "is not simply a humanitarian mission," but vowed that the British Army would not have boots on the ground in Iraq. Prime Minister Cameron issued a statement on Aug. 16 asserting that the fight against the Islamic State is "a generational struggle against a poisonous and extremist ideology," and said it calls for a tough military response, an intelligent political course, and fortitude.
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.