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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.
A Syrian defector from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham said the terror group is training British, European, and American recruits to conduct terror attacks in their home countries. Some 500 British fighters are believed to have traveled to Syria, and about 50 are thought to have already returned home. Jihadists in Syria seeking to return to their home countries are reportedly funneled through al Qaeda safe houses in Turkey. Responding to criticism about military budget cuts, former Defense Secretary Liam Fox said the UK is "the world's eighth biggest economy with the fourth biggest defense budget."
Scotland Yard is questioning two women suspected of terrorist activity; one was arrested at Heathrow airport on Jan. 16 as she tried to board a flight for Istanbul with a large quantity of cash, and the other was arrested in northwest London yesterday. A man from Sheldon, Birmingham, was arrested at Gatwick airport yesterday on suspicion of having attended a terrorist training camp in Syria. Yusuf Sawar and Mohammed Ahmed, of Handsworth, Birmingham, appeared in court to face charges of traveling to Syria for terrorist purposes; Sawar had said he intended to join a group linked to the Al Nusrah Front. Six convicted terrorists from Birmingham who planned a bombing campaign in the UK have been ordered to pay, mainly to Muslim Aid, the £33,000 they obtained fraudulently while posing as collectors.
Police arrested two men at Heathrow airport who had arrived on a flight from Istanbul. The two Birmingham men are thought to have traveled to Syria for jihad in May 2013. A British ship will join the convoy that is removing Syria's chemical weapons for disposal.
Michael Adebowale, an Islamist convicted of murdering British soldier in Woolwich, said he was inspired to convert to Islam by US-born hate preacher Sheikh Khalid Yasin, who resides in the UK. Yasin has advocated the killing of homosexuals and is linked to jihadist circles in the country.
Abdul-Hakim Belhaj, the former leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, lost his case against British officials whom he had accused of colluding in his rendition to Libya; now in Tripoli, he vowed to appeal. The BBC was criticized for giving lengthy air time to hate preacher Anjem Choudhary to discuss the verdict in the case of the killing of a British soldier in Woolwich; Choudhary refused to condemn the murder, which he blamed on the UK government. Siblings Mohammed Zahir Nawaz and Nabelia Nawaz, of east London, were charged in a terrorism case involving the arrest of four UK men who allegedly traveled to Syria for jihad in October. Usman Hussain Choudhary of Dudley was arrested last week for possessing and distributing terrorist literature.
British citizens Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, both Muslim converts, were found guilty of murdering a British soldier in Woolwich; they were not convicted on charges of attempting to murder a policeman. Prior to the murder, Adebolajo was known to authorities as an extremist; he had been radicalized by the outlawed group Al-Muhajiroun and arrested in Kenya in 2010 while trying to join Shabaab.