2,000 Pose UK Terror Threat – MI5 Al-Qaida remains Britain’s greatest threat
(Novinite Ltd) There are at least 2,000 people in the UK who pose a threat to national security because of their support for terrorism, the head of MI5 has said, as cited by BBC.
Jonathan Evans, head of the United Kingdom’s counter-intelligence and security agency, said there had been a rise of 400 since November 2006.
He said children as young as 15 were being recruited for terrorist-related activity by al-Qaeda.
Resources that could be devoted to counter-terrorism were instead being used to protect the UK against spying by Russia, China and others, he added.
There had been “no decrease” in the number of Russian covert intelligence officers operating in the UK since the end of the Cold War, Mr Evans said in a speech in Manchester.
“A number of countries continue to devote considerable time and energy trying to steal our sensitive technology on civilian and military projects, and trying to obtain political and economic intelligence at our expense.”
It was “a matter of some disappointment”, he said, that this ongoing threat continued to take up significant amounts of equipment, money and staff.
Al-Qaida remains Britain’s greatest threat
MANCHESTER, England, Nov. 5 (UPI) — Britain’s new intelligence chief said al-Qaida remains the United Kingdom’s greatest security threat and there is no sign of a reduction in its terror campaign.
In fact, MI5 chief Jonathan Evans said people as young as 15 are being recruited by the group for terror-related activities, The Guardian reported Monday.
An expert on Islamist extremism, Evans called the targeting of children by terrorists a worrying development.
“As I speak, terrorists are methodically and intentionally targeting young people and children in this country,” Evans told the newspaper. “They are radicalizing, indoctrinating and grooming young, vulnerable people to carry out acts of terrorism.”
Evans said for the past five years the control and inspiration for attacking the United Kingdom came from al-Qaida’s core leadership in Pakistan, often using young British citizens to carry out attacks.
“But worryingly, we have more recently seen similar processes emerging elsewhere,” he said in The Guardian. “For instance, there is no doubt now that al-Qaida in Iraq aspires to promote terrorist activities outside Iraq.”
No comments yet.
- Weekend Islamic attacks kill 37 worldwide Islam’s religious war injures 82 in acts of violent piety honoring Muhammad in the name of Allah, their god, worldwide
- Honor/terror killing brings jihadism to Canada Al-Qaeda active, deadly injuries average more than 100 daily
- Saudi king pardons teenage rape victim
- Bomb Squad Investigates Explosions
- Blast in Watsonville, heard for blocks, destroys city employee’s car
- Osama could be in Bajaur: Musharraf
- Ayman al-Zawahiri – al Qaeda’s Number 2.0 Man
- British Suspect In Trans-Atlantic Jet Terror Plot Escapes On The Run In Pakistan
- Iran indicates it is building another nuclear plant
- Weekend death toll of jihadist terror war: 66 Six nations targeted in Islamic efforts to destroy “infidels”
- CAN supporters sound off about Sudan Teddi tirades Son of supporter in America lives in England, wrote to London’s Guardian
- al-Qaida No. 2 Blasts Peace Conference