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Four arrested and homes searched over Syria terror offences

Four arrested and homes searched over Syria terror offences | EDL | Scoop.it

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg is one of four people arrested on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences today.

Begg, 45, was arrested by officers from West Midlands Police today as they carried out a series of early morning raids across Birmingham.

The British citizen has previously been held in Guantanamo by the US before being released without charge.

In recent years he has campaigned for those he claims are unfairly targeted by the war on terror and is director of the human rights group Cageprisoners.

He was arrested today on suspicion of attending a terrorist training camp and facilitating terrorism overseas.

Begg was detained at Guantanamo Bay in February 2003 before being released by former US President George Bush in January 2005.

A 36-year-old man, from the Shirley area of Birmingham, and a 44-year-old woman and her 20-year-old son, both from the city’s Sparkhill area, were also arrested on suspicion of facilitating terrorism overseas.

A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: 'We can confirm that Moazzam Begg was arrested this morning.

'We are confirming this name as a result of the anticipated high public interest to accredited media.'

She added naming Begg does 'not imply any guilt'.

All four suspects were being held at a police station in the West Midlands and their three home addresses are being searched by officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit.

The offences are all Syria-related, the spokeswoman added.

 

Officers said they were now in the process of removing vehicles and electronic equipment for forensic analysis.

Detective Superintendent Shaun Edwards, head of investigations for the regional counter terrorism unit, said: 'All four arrests are connected.

 

'They were pre-planned and intelligence-led. There was no immediate risk to public safety.

'We continue to urge anyone planning to travel to Syria to read the advice issued by the Foreign Office.'

Originally from Birmingham, Begg moved to Afghanistan with his family in 2001 before taking them to Pakistan in 2002 when the war began.

He was detained in Islamabad, Pakistan, as an 'enemy combatant' in January 2002 and was taken to the Bagram internment centre for about a year before being transferred to Guantanamo.

The British citizen was released along with three others in January 2005 and was allowed to return to the UK where he was arrested by the police before being released without charge.

Begg, now a director of campaign group Cage, has always maintained that he was only involved in charity business and that he has never been involved in any kind of terrorist activity.

The latest arrests today come after it was revealed about 400 British-based extremists have gone to Syria over the last two years - and just over half have returned to the UK.

In recent weeks, ministers have been told that about 250 Britons who went to train and fight in war-torn Syria are now back in the UK - with the conflict described by one top domestic security official as a 'magnet' for jihadi activity.

In January alone, there were 16 people detained on suspicion of terror offences relating to Syria in comparison to 24 arrests for the whole of last year.

 

At the time, a senior Whitehall source said the Syrian threat was 'serious' and presented 'real challenges for intelligence agencies'.

The Birmingham arrests follow reports of what is thought to be the first instance of a British-based jihadist staging a suicide attack on a Syrian government prison in the country.

Abdul Waheed Majeed, 41, is suspected of being responsible for driving a lorry into a jail in Aleppo and detonating a bomb earlier this month.

He is among an estimated 20 Britons who have been killed in the fighting in the war-torn state.

 

In January, photographs were published of two British brothers from north London believed to have died in battle in the war-torn country in September who were reportedly hailed as 'martyrs' and 'young British lions' by Syrian rebels.

A patchwork of rebel groups, counting extremist jihadist fighters among their ranks, have been engaged in an intractable and bloody conflict against the government of Bashar al-Assad, which has claimed at least 100,000 lives, since 2011.

Meanwhile in the UK, two women appeared in court last month accused of trying to send £16,500 to fund alleged Islamic terrorists fighting in Syria.

Londoners Nabal Masaad, 26, and Amal El-Wahabi, 27, are due to appear at the Old Bailey in May.
Security officials and senior politicians have been warning for months of the potential surge in radicalised foreign fighters returning to the UK from war-torn Syria.

MI5 director-general Andrew Parker told MPs last year that the civil war in Syria has been a magnet for hundreds of British nationals looking for the opportunity for 'jihadi' activity, many of whom have come into contact with al Qaida-supporting groups before returning to the UK.

Home Office minister James Brokenshire recently said the issue now formed a significant and growing area of focus for the British security services and warned concerns over terror-related and jihadi activity linked to Syria were 'likely to be with us for the foreseeable future'.


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Walthamstow Muslim Jailed For Having Machine Gun That Can Fire 800 Bullets A Minute

Walthamstow Muslim Jailed For Having Machine Gun That Can Fire 800 Bullets A Minute | EDL | Scoop.it
Muslim Mohammed Shah from Walthamstow, East London has been jailed for having a high-powered military machine gun. Police found the a Czechoslovakian Vz58 V self-loading assault rifle hidden in his...

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Remember when....American Muslims Stoned Christians in Dearborn, Michigan??

Remember when....American Muslims Stoned Christians in Dearborn, Michigan?? | EDL | Scoop.it
The police asked the sign-holders to leave saying they were "endangering the public."  No police action was taken against the mob.

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littlebytesnews's curator insight, July 8, 2013 5:24 PM

This was in the United States! This is what happens when a large part of the population is Muslim and supports sharia law and Islam. We must stop amnesty and future immigration of Muslims from Islamic countries...no visas, no work permits, no amnesty!!

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MUSLIMS ATTEMPTING TO INFILTRATE T.E.A. PARTY MOVEMENT TO ADVANCE SHARIA LAW : The United States Defense League

MUSLIMS ATTEMPTING TO INFILTRATE T.E.A. PARTY MOVEMENT TO ADVANCE SHARIA LAW : The United States Defense League | EDL | Scoop.it
Muslim Sharia Law advocates have started an effort to infiltrate local T.E.A.

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UK Mosque targeted with anti-Muslim graffiti for Ramadan, Everything is spelled correctly, so, probably, it wasn't Muslims doing it to themselves for attention.

UK Mosque targeted with anti-Muslim graffiti for Ramadan, Everything is spelled correctly, so, probably, it wasn't Muslims doing it to themselves for attention. | EDL | Scoop.it
Everything is spelled correctly, so, probably, it wasn't Muslims doing it to themselves for attention. Fife Today  EXTRA police patrols are being sent out around a Muslim family centre in Kirkcaldy...

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THE TRAITOR WITHIN: Paul Weston: Liberty GB

THE TRAITOR WITHIN: Paul Weston: Liberty GB | EDL | Scoop.it

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Michael Graham's curator insight, June 21, 2013 10:37 AM

Paul Weston was until recently, the Chairman of the British Freedom Party, the political wing of the EDL.

Before he joined British Freedom, he stood for UKIP in the 2010 general election as their candidate for the City of London and Westminster. He is now the leader of the new political party, Liberty GB.  

Following the death of Lee Rigby the following Paul Weston speech was posted to YouTube on 28 May 2013:

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Westminster Abbey, London | Places to Visit | Pinterest

Westminster Abbey, London | Places to Visit | Pinterest | EDL | Scoop.it
This Pin was discovered by Carl William Brown. Discover (and save!) your own Pins on Pinterest. | See more about westminster abbey, london and interiors.

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Murders and rapes going unreported in no-go zones for police

Murders and rapes going unreported in no-go zones for police | EDL | Scoop.it
“ Honour killings, domestic violence, child abuse and genital mutilations are some of the offences thought to be unreported in cities with 'community justice' groups.”
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Ann Robertson's curator insight, February 17, 2014 5:21 PM

nothing new ther then

 

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Answering Muslims: The Islamic Rape of the UK

Answering Muslims: The Islamic Rape of the UK | EDL | Scoop.it

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Education Secretary Gove: Muslims must counter antisemitism

Education Secretary Gove: Muslims must counter antisemitism | EDL | Scoop.it

An “insufficient” number of Muslim community leaders in Britain do enough to tackle antisemitism, Education Secretary Michael Gove has claimed.

He said Muslims had a “responsibility” to counter extremists and to challenge their own community members who attack British foreign policy or Israel’s right to exist.

Mr Gove made the comments while discussing his role in the new Terfor anti-extremism task-force set up by David Cameron following the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich in May.

As part of the government’s efforts to crack down on Islamists in Britain, Mr Gove will investigate issues related to radicalisation of British Muslims in schools and universities.

Mr Gove warned that while the majority of British Muslims were “peaceable”, there were people who refused to condemn some justifications made by extremists for their actions.

He said: “You don’t often hear people in the Muslim community talking about the antisemitism that lurks behind some of this. You won’t often hear them saying ‘why are you even asking about Israel’s right to exist?’”

 

Muslims have a 'responsibility' to counter extremists

- Michael Gove

 

Mr Gove was speaking at an event for parents and pupils at Hasmonean High School in north-west London on Monday. He praised Maajid Nawaz, a former Hizb ut-Tahrir activist, and other British Muslims who have worked to warn of the dangers of radical groups.

He said more should be done to stop them feeling “lonely” in their efforts.

Following the meeting, Mr Nawaz, now chairman of the anti-extremist Quilliam Foundation, said he agreed with Mr Gove’s concerns. “I think there are serious and genuine issues with discriminatory attitudes within Muslim communities.”

He said some “self-appointed” leaders often discriminated against minority voices — such as his own.

“These so-called community leaders need to recognise they only represent their particular mosque, not the whole Muslim community,” said Mr Nawaz.

“They need to do far more to tackle bigotry and discrimination, not just against Jews, but also women and gays.”

Turning his attention to the Middle East, Mr Gove said he was proud to call himself a Zionist because of Israel’s record on democracy and equal rights for women and Arab Israelis.

“If Israel can do it then surely those in Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and so on can do the same,” he said.

Mr Gove added that the involvement of British jihadis “with South London accents” in the fighting in Syria was “heartbreaking”.

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POLISH DEFENCE LEAGUE's warning to Muslims

POLISH DEFENCE LEAGUE's warning to Muslims | EDL | Scoop.it
Don't even think about pulling the kind crap you are allowed to get away with in Western Europe. We are not England, not France, not Sweden. In Poland, there will be NO sharia law. NO headbanging o...

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Muslims sue NYPD over monitoring of mosques, congregants

Muslims sue NYPD over monitoring of mosques, congregants | EDL | Scoop.it
 By Matt Pearce New York Muslims have filed a federal lawsuit against the New York Police Department over the department's surveillance of Muslims, which they called invasive and unconstitutional. ...

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