A British court heard how an Islamic State-inspired attack was planned against U.S. and UK air force personnel outside their bases in Britain.
Junead Khan, 25, and his uncle, Shazib Kahn, 23, had originally planned to leave the UK and travel to Syria to join the Islamic State. But Junead Khan decided to stay in Britain and perpetrate an attack on the homeland instead.
The older Khan, originally from Luton, worked as a truck driver delivering pharmaceuticals. His work brought him close to armed-forces bases, including U.S. Air Force bases in Norfolk and Suffolk and RAF bases in Mildenhall and Lakenheath, (bases also used by the USAF).
The younger Khan is not charged with planning the terrorist attack, but only with “preparing an act of terrorism” due to his intention to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL).
“However tempting it might be to allow those who wish to leave the UK to do so, upon the basis that at least they would no longer be in the UK, that provides no solution to the terrorism perpetrated by the likes of ISIL, as we all know when we think about the Paris attacks a few months ago, or indeed other terrorism offences in France or elsewhere,” said Crown Prosecutor Max Hill.
"Terrorism has to be stopped, and that is why it is an offense to prepare to go and fight abroad, without us having to ‘wait and see’ whether the person or persons in question actually go. That would be too late," he added.