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Prime Minister Cameron announced a joint UK-US initiative to confront Islamist extremism both at home and abroad. Cameron said the UK will deploy additional unarmed drones in the battle against the Islamic State. Police are considering enhanced security measures to protect Jewish communities and police officers after "seeing continuing anti-Semitic rhetoric from extremists" as well as the recent attacks in France and the foiled plot against police in Belgium. Counterrorism police arrested an 18-year-old at Stansted Airport as she arrived in the UK, as part of an investigation of a terror suspect from Hackney.




The lawyer for Shaker Aamer, a Saudi detainee at Guantanamo Bay who is married to a Briton, claimed that Prime Minister Cameron said he will ask President Obama to release Aamer. Home Secretary May urged Parliament to pass legislation that would allow security services controlled access to Internet data so as to deny terrorists a communications safe haven. A French Muslim cafe owner in east London who had placed a sign in the window showing solidarity with the victims of the terrorist attack on a Parisian satirical magazine was told his shop would be smashed if the sign were not removed.




Prime Minister Cameron seeks to introduce legislation giving authorities the ability to monitor the content of online communications between suspected terrorists. UK security officials were told to start planning preventive measures to address attacks such as those in Paris last week. A Jewish neighborhood policing group in north London stepped up patrols.




Lyes Outiren, 44, a French-Algerian man of Newquay, Cornwall who was arrested in November 2013, admitted to possessing terrorist materials, including bomb-making instructions, and to disseminating an al Qaeda publication. Security was stepped up at UK-France border ports following this week's terrorist attacks in France. The head of MI5 warned that al Qaeda and the Islamic State are planning attacks against the West, and said UK agencies had foiled three deadly plots in the UK in recent months. Chancellor Osborne said addressing terrorism is a national priority, and noted that the government has allocated £100 million to monitoring British travelers to Syria and Iraq.




Counterterrorism police in east Sussex arrested a 40-year-old man in Crawley on suspicion of involvement in terrorism overseas. Police said the man did not present an immediate threat to the UK and that the arrest was part of an ongoing investigation.




A 32-year-old man was arrested by counterterrorism police in Stratford, east London, after being detained yesterday for possession of an offensive weapon. Scotland Yard warned owners of unarmed drones to avoid flying them in restricted areas, such as around landmarks. The websites of a school and a church in North Yorkshire were hacked by Islamic extremists, who posted a hate message about the US and Israel.




Prosecutors disclosed that classified documents seized during the May 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, will be used in the forthcoming US trial of Pakistan-born Abid Naseer, 28, who is accused of involvement in an al Qaeda plot to bomb targets in Manchester, New York, and Norway. A Bristol-area bus and train service website was hacked by purported Islamic extremists.




West Midlands counterterrorism police arrested a north London woman at Luton airport as she arrived from Istanbul. She was detained on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offenses, as part of an ongoing investigation. An Afghan man who had worked as an interpreter for British forces in Afghanistan claimed that two of his colleagues were beheaded by the Taliban.




Counterterrorism police arrested two men in Bedford and confiscated items from two homes there after a search. The two suspects were released on bail. The UK joined the US in rejecting a draft Palestinian UN resolution on statehood.




Muhammad Aftab Suleman, of Manchester, was charged with five terrorism offenses following his arrest on Dec. 20 as he tried to fly to Pakistan. On Dec. 19, counterterrorism police raided his home, confiscating computers and phones. Suleman had allegedly traveled to Syria, Pakistan, and Qatar over the past year, returning to the UK in November. Police have already seized over £250,000 in cash from persons trying to fly from Manchester to Syria with funds for the Islamic State.




Ali Mohammed Said, of north London, was arrested as he tried to travel to Belgium with a fake passport; he is accused of seeking to help C.F., a terrorist with international connections, travel to Syria to join the Islamic State. Scotland's top prosecutor, who is continuing to investigate the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, said his team is working with officials from the US and the UK to bring to justice those who acted along with Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.




Ismail Abdulrahman, Muktar Said Ibrahim, Yassin Omar, and Ramzi Mohammed, who were sentenced to life in prison for an al Qaeda plot to attack London transport on July 21, 2005, two weeks after the deadly July 7 subway bombings, lost their appeals to the European Court of Human Rights. Two men from Luton were arrested by counterterrorism police on suspicion of membership in a banned organization; there are 63 groups currently on the UK's list of banned groups.




Michael Coe and Simon Keeler, of east London, were charged with trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State; Anthony Small, of southeast London, was charged with helping Coe and Keeler with travel plans; and two other east Londoners, Zagum Perviaz and Hamzah Safdar, were charged with assisting Coe and Keeler in obtaining false documents. Coe, Keeler, and Small also face charges of supporting a terror organization. Separate charges were filed against another man, Abdulraouf Eshati; they involved the purchase of ammunition and the hire of a cargo plane for terrorist purposes.




Defence Minister Fallon said the UK will send a few hundred troops to Iraq in January to help train Iraqi and Kurdish soldiers; the British deployment will also include a small "force protection" contingent. Fallon claimed that UK forces have flown a "huge" number of combat missions in Iraq against the Islamic State, "five times as many as France."




Islamic Relief Worldwide, a Birmingham-based charity that received £3.2 million from the British government in 2013, claimed that an audit it commissioned has cleared the charity of allegations it funded terrorism; Israel has accused the charity of diverting funds to Hamas. A recently released US Senate report on post-9/11 CIA interrogations disclosed that information gained from former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg had led to the 2004 capture of al Qaeda's Dhiren Birot a.k.a. 'Issa al-Britani' or 'al-Hindi,' who was plotting a dirty bomb attack in London. A British media outlet has exposed the activities of a prominent pro-Islamic State Twitter account based in India that communicated with British jihadists.




Runa Khan, a 35-year-old mother of six from Luton, was sentenced to five years and three months in jail for promoting terrorism on social media. Khan, who had advocated sending jihadists to Syria, had pled guilty in July to charges of disseminating terrorist literature.




Counterterrorism police arrested a man in Luton who is suspected of terrorist fundraising and incitement. Prime Minister Cameron claimed that the UK and Turkey are working closely to stop the movement of British jihadists through Turkey.




Security forces are taking seriously an "anonymous but credible" tip received of a plot to kidnap and kill a West Midlands police officer. In October, five members of a London gang who had allegedly sworn allegiance to the Islamic State were arrested for plotting to kill members of the city's police force.




Muhammed Saleem, Tayyab Al-Riaz, and Valentina Miu, who were arrested on Dec. 6 by counterterrorism police in London, have been charged with fraud offenses; all three remain in custody. The UK closed its embassy in Cairo, Egypt due to security fears. Plans by the UK to open a naval base in Bahrain were met with protests in that country.




Mohammed Nahin Ahmed and Yusuf Zubair Sarwar, two Birmingham men who fought in Syria for eight months with the Al Nusrah Front's Kataib al Mujahireen, have been sentenced to nearly 13 years in prison. Mashudur Choudhury, of Portsmouth, was sentenced to four years in prison for traveling to Syria to attend a terrorist training camp; he had returned to Britain after 17 days in Syria.


 
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