UK Woman Smuggles Terror Money To Syria in Underwear
A 26-year-old British woman was charged with terror offenses after trying to smuggle 20,000 euros ($27,364) to rebel forces in Syria.
The woman, Nawal Msaad, was charged along with her partner in crime, 27-year-old Amal Elwahabi, becoming the first British women to be charged with terror in connection to the Syria war.
Msaad was arrested at Heathrow Airport as she was trying to board a flight to Istanbul, Turkey. In the process it came out that she had the money wrapped in cling film in her underwear.
The woman is a university student in Holloway, North London, and she and her accomplice are both the children of Moroccan immigrants, reports the British-based Daily Mail.
Msaad and Elwahabi appeared at a Magistrates' Court last Thursday; neither submitted a plea to the charge. The two were remanded, and their case will continue on January 31.
The arrests hint at a larger trend, as Richard Walton, head of the British Counter Terrorism Command, reported that British teenage girls have been drawn to aid the Syrian rebels.
In the first 3 weeks of 2014 reportedly 14 terror arrests related to Syria have been recorded in Britain, reveals Walton. That figure is more than half the total of similar arrests in 2013.
This newer trend is the latest in an ongoing upsurge in British women going to Syria to join the jihadist movement.
Walton warns that it is "almost inevitable" that such suspects would attempt attacks in the UK after returning from Syria, and indeed reports indicate that foreign nationals are being trained in Syria to conduct attacks in the UK.
In response, Britain has been revoking the citizenship of its nationals who join the Syrian civil war, according to reports last week.
Talks are currently underway in Geneva in an attempt to bring a diplomatic solution to the bloody war now in its third year. On Sunday, President Bashar Assad agreed to allow women and children to leave rebel-held areas of Homs, where they have been under siege for months.