Nothing To Do With Islam Of Course: U.K. Terrorism Arrests Jump 40% Amid Militants’ Trips to Syria

The number of arrests in U.K. terrorism probes soared by 40 percent this year as police grappled with growing numbers of British citizens traveling to war-torn Syria to work on behalf of Islamic militants.

Police throughout the U.K. arrested 312 people for a range of terrorist-related offenses as of Dec. 16, compared with 222 in 2013, according to data provided by the Metropolitan Police and the U.K. Home Office. In London, police said they detained about 35 percent more people than three years ago amid investigations of British citizens returning from Syria or Iraq.