"SIX Islamic extremists have been handed lengthy jail terms in Britain for plotting a murderous attack on a far-right group."
"Far-right"? Being pro-freedom is now the exclusive and utterly smeared domain of the "far-right."
Islamists jailed in UK for plotting attack AAP, June 11, 2013 (thanks to Kenneth)
SIX Islamic extremists have been handed lengthy jail terms in Britain for plotting a murderous attack on a far-right group.
The men planned to attack a rally by the English Defence League (EDL) - a group which opposes the spread of radical Islam in Britain - in June last year but turned up after the demonstration came to an early end.
They were armed with two shotguns, swords, knives, a nail bomb and a partially-assembled pipe bomb.
The plot only unravelled when two of them were stopped by chance while driving back home from the rally location in Dewsbury in northern England.
Their car was found to contain not only the weapons arsenal, but also 10 copies of a hate-filled note referring to Queen Elizabeth and Prime Minister David Cameron.
At a hearing on April 30, Omar Mohammed Khan, 31, Jewel Uddin, 27, Mohammed Hasseen, 24, Anzal Hussain, 25, Mohammed Saud, 23, and Zohaib Ahmed, 22 - all from Birmingham in central England - admitted planning the attack.
Khan, Uddin and Ahmed were jailed on Monday for 19-and-a-half years, with the other three jailed for 18 years and nine months.
They will be eligible for release after two-thirds of their sentences but could be recalled to prison in the five years following the end of their full term.
Judge Nicholas Hilliard said there was a "tide of apparently freely available extremist material in which most of you had immersed yourselves".
"You intended to engage in a violent confrontation with those attending the EDL rally and use the weapons and the IED (improvised explosive device) to cause serious injuries, and you anticipated that some victims may have died."
EDL supporters, police and passers-by could have been caught up in the bloodshed, the court heard.
The judge also said that if the attack had succeeded, it could have sparked "a spiral of tit-for-tat violence".
During the proceedings at the Old Bailey in London, England's central criminal court, EDL activists demonstrated outside.
EDL leader Tommy Robinson and his deputy were in the public gallery for the sentencing and called out "God save the Queen" as the hearing ended. Supporters of the defendants shouted "Allahu Akbar".