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The extradition of Abu Hamza deputy Haroon Aswat to face terror charges in the US was delayed until the UK obtains "the kind of assurances envisaged" by the European Court of Human Rights that he will be treated humanely in the US. Some 200 UK jihadists who have fought in Syria are thought to have returned.
The Department for Education as well as the Birmingham City Council have widened their parallel investigations of an alleged plot by Islamist radicals to take over local schools, and are now looking at 25 schools in the area. Former staff at the schools have alleged that boys and girls were segregated, non-Muslim staff were bullied, sex education was banned, and that extremist views including those of al Qaeda were promoted. School trustees have dismissed the allegations.
The Muslim Brotherhood, which is accused of planning attacks from the UK, warned that it will sue the government if an investigation results in restrictions on its UK activities. Authorities arrested a 17-year-old male linked to the escape of Shabaab terror suspect Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed from a London mosque last year. A member of Parliament complained of the "glacial pace" of a probe into claims that up to 12 Birmingham schools have been targeted for takeover by Islamists. Hassan Tabbakh, 44, a convicted terrorist bomb-maker who possessed al Qaeda literature, challenged an order requiring him to wear an electronic tag.
Prime Minister Cameron has commissioned a study of the Muslim Brotherhood; reports have emerged that a number of members of the organization, which has been banned in Egypt, have set up operations in the UK. The head of the Prison Officers' Association warned that a steep rise in the number of 'convenience Muslims,' inmates who converted primarily to gain privileges accorded to Muslim detainees, is creating insecurity in the prisons and a growing threat of radicalization. Feroz Khan and Fuad Awale, two inmates already serving life sentences for murder, were found guilty of threatening to kill a guard in the days following the murder of British soldier Lee Rigby last summer. They had also demanded the release of radical cleric Abu Qatada.
Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee said the UK needs to do more to combat extremism in the Sahel-Sahara region, where jihadists have "put down roots," and that there is no sign yet that African countries are capable of dealing with the increasing threat on their own. A video was released showing British jihadists with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in the province of Hama in Syria calling for more recruits from Britain.
Authorities are investigating reports that four Birmingham schools were targeted for Islamist radicalization; Zahoor Iqbal, a former "achievement mentor" at one of the schools, was convicted in 2008 for supporting terrorism. Police arrested two men and a woman from Manchester, and a man from Oxford, on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offenses; a Manchester man is thought to have died fighting in Syria last month.
Former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg, 45, and Gerrie Tahari, a 44-year-old woman, pled not guilty to charges of providing terrorism training and funding terrorism overseas, and were remanded in custody. They were arrested last week in Birmingham along with two other men who remain in custody. Begg, an activist for an organization advocating for rights of counterterrorism detainees, was arrested on suspicion of having attended a terrorist training camp in Syria and assisting with terrorism there.
Two British Muslim converts who hacked British soldier Lee Rigby to death on a busy street in Woolwich last year were sentenced to prison; Michael Adebolajo was handed a life term and Michael Adebowale will be incarcerated for at least 45 years. The judge said the pair, who were removed from the courtroom during sentencing for shouting and scuffling with guards, had shown no remorse and that the "barbaric murder" had a "terrorist connection."
Former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg was arrested with three other people in Birmingham on suspicion of facilitating terrorism overseas. He has advocated against arresting British jihadists who fight in Syria.
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.
Foreign Secretary Hague demanded that the perpetrators of mass torture and killings in Syria blamed on the Assad regime and disclosed by a recent report be brought to justice. Ofcom, the communications watchdog, cleared three British broadcasters of breaching the broadcasting code for airing an interview with hate preacher Anjem Choudary, former leader of banned Islamic group Al Muhajiroun, following the murder of a British soldier by Islamist extremists.
Counterterrorism police arrested a man at Stansted airport as he arrived from Turkey. An appellate court rejected the case of a Pakistani man whose father was killed by a US drone strike. Five of seven terror suspects to be freed from security restrictions later this month are deemed highly dangerous and likely to engage in terrorist activity involving travel to Syria, Somalia, and Pakistan.