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British officials discuss 'rising' al Qaeda threat during testimony

Top British intelligence and security officials testified to the "rising" threat of al Qaeda last week. One official explained that there have been 34 terrorist plots in Britain since the 7/7 bombings and most of these have ties to al Qaeda groups overseas. The officials also expressed concern over al Qaeda's growing presence inside Syria.


Home Secretary May is considering banning terror suspects on Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPims) from visiting mosques, after a recent suspect absconded from a mosque wearing a burka. May also wants to amend law so as to be able to revoke a terrorist's passport even if doing so would leave him "stateless." Trial began for two Pakistani men from Lancashire who had, while aboard a flight from Lahore to Manchester, threatened to blow up the plane and kill passengers and crew members. The court was told that the men were not terrorists but their threats had to be taken seriously.




Do not overlook troops still in Afghanistan, warn UK military figures




Iranian nuclear talks end without a deal




Abu Qatada continues work from Jordanian prison




The heads of MI5, MI6, and GCHQ testified that they defend, not undermine, democracy and freedom; 34 terror plots in England have been disrupted since the London Tube bombings in July 2005; the revelations of NSA leaker Edward Snowden have helped al Qaeda; and "terrorist tourism" is a growing threat to Britain, and hundreds of British jihadists have gone to Syria and some have returned. Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed, 27, a suspected Shabaab member who is suing the government for complicity in alleged torture in Somalia in 2011, escaped in a burka from surveillance in London on Nov. 1; Ibrahim Magag, 28, another Somali terror suspect, disappeared in London last year.




No Morsel Too Minuscule for All-Consuming NSA




Abdulla Ahmed Ali, who was convicted of plotting with al Qaeda to detonate liquid explosives on at least seven transatlantic airliners bound for the US and Canada, has appealed to the European Court of Human Rights for a reversal of his conviction. Prosecution of the conspiracy has already cost UK taxpayers more than £100 million, after three trials in which over eight men have been convicted for their roles in a terror plot managed by key al Qaeda operatives in Pakistan. Rioting by as many as 180 foreigner inmates at Maidstone prison was subdued by authorities.




Suspected Somali pirates captured by Navy-led forces after attack on supertanker




Samantha Lewthwaite 'received British passport before going on run'




Scottish independence could impair anti-terrorism efforts




Strasbourg human rights court threatens key counter-terrorism powers




Afghanistan's 'Sandhurst in the Sand' opens its doors




Officials filed terror charges against two 25-year-old men who were arrested in east London during raids last week. Both of the suspects are British nationals; one is of Turkish origin and the other Algerian. Two other men arrested with them have been released. Pavlo Lapshyn, a postgraduate student from Ukraine, pled guilty to the murder of an elderly Muslim man in Birmingham and to plotting explosions as mosques in Walsall, Tipton, and Wolverhampton. He told investigators he had "a racial motivation" and wanted to "increase racial conflict," but did not mention Muslims or Islam. He was arrested in Ukraine in 2010 for an explosion that resulted from bomb-making.




Let's admit it, we overlooked and underestimated al Shabaab




From England, One Man Feeds Western Media on Syria




Al-Shabaab hate video 'threatens prominent British Muslims'




Police released one of four men arrested in raids across London on Oct. 13, a British national of Pakistani origin. Three of the four men, who were suspected of a "serious" jihadist plot using firearms in the UK, remain in custody. Jordan Horner, a Muslim convert from the east London "Muslim Patrol" gang, pled guilty to charges of assaulting two people on the street. He had beaten up a photographer outside the home of extremist cleric Anjem Choudary, and threatened a female photographer with beheading and then smashed her car.




Authorities gave police protection to two prominent British Muslims who have denounced terrorism. Police warned of credible threats to the two men after Shabaab, al Qaeda's Somali affilate, released a video praising British jihadists and the killing of a UK soldier this summer in Woolwich. Scotland Yard is investigating the video.




Prime Minister Cameron said that a British newspaper's publication of data obtained by NSA leaker Edward Snowden has damaged national security; MI5 had strongly warned against such publication. Shabaab, the al Qaeda affiliate based in Somalia, released a video extolling the Woolwich murder of a UK soldier and claiming Shabaab has British fighters from all levels of British Muslim society, including men from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Jamaica, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Somalia. The video also shows a deceased Shabaab jihadist named Talha from London's East End.