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Islamic State: Profile of Mohammed Emwazi aka 'Jihadi John'

  • 27 February 2015
  • From the section UK
Emwazi
Emwazi in one of the videos in Syria which feature the killing of hostages

Mohammed Emwazi was born in Kuwait in 1988 and came to the UK in 1994 when he was six years old. He is believed to have been educated at the Quintin Kynaston Community Academy in St John's Wood, north London although that is not confirmed. He later graduated in computing from the University of Westminster in around 2009.

His final address in the UK before he went abroad was in the Queen's Park area of north-west London. Emwazi came to the attention of the security services in 2009-2010 as MI5 and other agencies monitored suspected extremists that they had linked to investigations into foreign fighters joining al-Shabab in Somalia.

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Emwazi himself was never charged with a terrorism-related offence in the UK but he was detained abroad after travelling in 2009 to Tanzania following his graduation.

Going by the name Muhammad ibn Muazzam, he had travelled with another Briton, known as "Abu Talib" and a third man, a German convert called "Omar".

Once they arrived, they were immediately denied entry by the local security services. They were interrogated and Emwazi later claimed to Cage, a campaign group in London, that they had been subject to harassment and abuse.

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Court papers naming Emwazi
Court papers naming Emwazi from 2011 - names redacted by the BBC

Read full article Islamic State: Profile of Mohammed Emwazi aka 'Jihadi John'

How to reverse surge in religious hate crime?

  • 9 February 2015
  • From the section UK
Jani Rashid shakes hands with Rudi Leavor
Jani Rashid has been appointed to the ruling body of a synagogue in Bradford

Last week there was a report in the French press that an Israeli salon was marketing a discreet hair-based kippa - the small cap worn as a visible symbol of Jewish faith - to European Jews who don't want to be that visible any more.

It is the kind of story that feels like it's a sign of the times in the wake of the Paris attacks and heightened concern among British security chiefs for the safety of Jewish communities here.

Read full article How to reverse surge in religious hate crime?

Has the new abuse inquiry got what it takes?

  • 4 February 2015
  • From the section UK
Young girl (pic posed by model)

Last year's catastrophic double-failure to launch the historical child sex abuse inquiry posed serious questions for Home Secretary Theresa May and her team.

Two chairs appointed, two chairs resigned and there was a deepening sense of despair among people who've been abused that the truth would never come out.

Read full article Has the new abuse inquiry got what it takes?

Is it extreme to make universities combat extremists?

  • 1 February 2015
  • From the section UK
A loudhailer next to a blackboard

Europe is reeling from the Charlie Hebdo killings - something that Home Secretary Theresa May described as an attack on freedom and democracy.

Yet the coming fortnight will see a Parliamentary battle over how the principles of freedom apply to universities in an age of global terrorism threats.

Read full article Is it extreme to make universities combat extremists?

Analysis: Why can’t we sue the police for negligence?

  • 28 January 2015
  • From the section UK
A police line at a crime scene
Negligence: When it comes to the police, it's the legal line that can't be crossed

You call the police in your moment of need and they don't turn up until it's too late.

But while you may want to drag them through the courts, your chances of winning - for now - are probably nil.

Read full article Analysis: Why can’t we sue the police for negligence?

Imran Khawaja: The jihadist who faked his own death

  • 20 January 2015
  • From the section UK
Imran Khawaja in Syria
Imran Khawaja posted videos and pictures of his personal jihad. Pictures courtesy ICSR, Kings College London

A British man who went to fight in Syria - and then faked his own death in order to secretly return - has pleaded guilty to four major terrorism offences at the Old Bailey.

Imran Khawaja tried to sneak back into the UK last year - and while his exact activity in Syria remains a mystery, police say he is one of the most dangerous British jihadists to return from conflict.

Read full article Imran Khawaja: The jihadist who faked his own death

Far right in UK 'weakest for 20 years'

EDL demonstration in central London in September 2013

British far-right groups are at their weakest for 20 years, according to a report by anti-racism campaigners.

Hope Not Hate says the two main groups - the BNP and EDL - are splintered and directionless amid a loss of leadership.

Read full article Far right in UK 'weakest for 20 years'

Charlie Hebdo: Could Paris attack happen in London?

  • 8 January 2015
  • From the section UK
Masked gunmen
'Marauding gunmen' exists in the UK's official list of possible threats

The UK has had more than its fair share of terrorism-related attacks down the years - from the IRA, through al-Qaeda to right-wing extremists such as Birmingham mosque bomber Pavlo Lapshyn.

So how prepared can a city be for something like the Paris attack on Charlie Hebdo?

Read full article Charlie Hebdo: Could Paris attack happen in London?

Terror law reform signals fundamental shift

  • 15 December 2014
  • From the section UK
Theresa May
The Bill would give Theresa May significant new powers

Monday sees the return of the government's Counter Terrorism and Security Bill to the Commons where MPs will get their say on the legislation's most controversial measure: should ministers be able to ban British citizens from coming home?

Under the proposal, Home Secretary Theresa May would be able to sign a Temporary Exclusion Order (TEO) to ban a suspected extremist from returning home to the UK for up to two years at a time.

Read full article Terror law reform signals fundamental shift

UK migration: What's really happening?

  • 28 November 2014
  • From the section UK

The prime minister's speech on immigration is being billed as a plan that will change the face of the nation - but the official figures published yesterday show how it has already been transformed - and will continue to change in an era of mass movement of people.

The Office for National Statistics is charged with providing its best estimate of what is going on, based on a number of different measures, all of which have limitations,.

Read full article UK migration: What's really happening?

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About Dominic

Dominic began his career in local newspapers after studying languages at university.

Since joining the BBC in 1998 he has focused on stories relating to law, order, society and belonging - including immigration, ethnicity, the rule of law and terrorism.

He has spent most of his BBC career working online and was one of the pioneers of live online reporting for the BBC, filing stories from the field in the days when mobile phones looked like bricks and we had no idea when the data would reach the news editor.

He is married with two children. His unspellable surname is Italian.

When not undertaking family or work duties, you'll find him cycling up and down hills dreaming of Tour de France greatness.

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