UK counter-terror chief reveals police are watching 118 Muslims linked to Syrian jihadis in London alone

More than 100 suspected jihadis linked to Islamic State are being monitored by police in London, the country’s counter-terrorism chief has revealed, with hundreds more under surveillance nationwide.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley told a private meeting of Scotland Yard bosses that there were 118 ‘Syria-related’ live operations under way in the capital alone.

These include monitoring extremists who have trained in the Middle East and returned to Britain, as well as home-grown radicals who may be plotting attacks or raising funds for terrorists.

Suspects linked to IS now account for more than half of counter-terror arrests for the first time, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. Across the country, 183 people have been arrested on suspicion of offences linked to Syria in the past year – the equivalent of one every other day.

  • Xavier

    Put ’em on a plane to Brussels and over the channel, “Whoops!”

  • Xavier

    Any connection to terrorism needs to be an executable offense.

    Are the Brits actually born without testicles now?

    • If you speak out you get arrested.

      • African

        The jihadists in the UK need to teach David Cameroun and the Brits how islam is really such a peaceful religion. Let us hope that they demonstrate the peacefulness of islam in such a spectacular way in the UK.

    • Exile1981

      No spines in France and no testies in England.

  • DemocracyRules

    Yes, WATCH them
    Get some binoculars. and watch them. Follow them around, and watch them. If they bomb something, watch them do it. When the media call, say, “these terrorists were known to the authorities,” and, “we witnessed the bombing; it’s part of their culture.”

    The public will say “oh good”. Or will they?

  • DemocracyRules

    Tatjana Festerling
    Leader of the anti-Islamists in Dresden, Germany. One of the most important parts of building a political movement is reminding our colleagues that there are many people who agree with us. And they are active, and fighting the same fight that we fight.

    We need to know about her, and she needs to know about us.

  • Cat-astrophe

    So, you know these guys, you watch these guys.

    You admit to watching 118. Watch them continue to spread their ideology freely amongst their associates. Wonderful.

    You arrest 183 others and instead of deporting them, you put them in jail together. They convert, one way or another, fellow inmates.


    Reading this Daily Mail article another topic surfaces, that is also discussed in an earlier posting here, on Greenpeace’s positive spin on the police lock down of Brussels. Portions of the Daily Mail story insert story:

    “Fear of a terrorist attack has dramatically cut the number of shoppers on British high streets and visitors to tourist areas. ….retail businesses have missed out on hundreds of millions of pounds in sales.
    The day after the attacks in the French capital, the number of UK high street shoppers was down by 16.7 per cent on the same day in 2014, costing retailers £250 million in sales in one day.
    The effect continued last week.
    On Thursday, London’s usually crowded Covent Garden suffered a 56.6 per cent decline.”
    Greenpeace is talking of the future of the environmental movement and the ability of terror to greatly assist their cause. I used to think comments like theirs were a “realization” but now I believe they are commenting on a “result”, as in if this happens, what will be the result?

  • Norman_In_New_York

    “You can observe a lot just by watching.” – Yogi Berra