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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."
An investigative report by Ofsted on 21 Birmingham schools found they suffered from an "organised campaign to target certain schools" for Islamist indoctrination, and that "[a] culture of fear and intimidation has taken grip" in them. Ofsted chief Wilshaw called some of the findings "shocking" and said five of the schools would be placed under special measures. Education Secretary Gove said that starting in September, primary and secondary schools in England will be required not only to "respect" British values but to "actively promote" them, and called for a ban on extremist preachers at schools.
Ibrahim Hassan, a.k.a. Abu Nusaybah, and Shah Hussain, both of London, were sentenced to jail terms of three years each for disseminating terrorist material and encouraging terrorism. The two men, who pled guilty in March, had both been convicted in 2008 of encouraging terrorist activity overseas. Hassan is an associate of Lee Rigby murderer Michael Adebolajo. Details of a leaked Ofsted report on the "Trojan Horse" allegations of Islamist attempts to take over a number of Birmingham schools indicate that at least one of the schools has not adequately addressed extremism; a featured speaker at the school was extremist Australian cleric Shady Asuleiman, who has called for victory for mujahideen worldwide and the destruction of the "enemies of Islam."