The head of Britain’s domestic intelligence agency said Friday that the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan “has encouraged and encouraged” extremists and could lead to The return of plots to launch major attacks similar to what Al-Qaeda did against the West.
MI5 Director General Ken McCallum said the UK could face “greater risks” due to the withdrawal of NATO forces and the overthrow of the internationally supported Afghan government.
“You don’t change,” McCallum told the BBC in a rare interview Night-time terrorist threats It means directional planning or training camps or infrastructure, the kind of thing al-Qaeda enjoyed in Afghanistan at the time of 9/11 “.
“But what happens overnight, even if those direct plots and centrally organized parts of terrorism take a little longer to rebuild … Overnight you can get a psychological boost, pulling up the moral extremists already here, or in other countries, “he added.
Britain has witnessed numerous violent attacks by Islamist-inspired extremists over the past two decades. The deadliest was on 7 July 2005, when 4 suicide bombers killed 52 passengers on London Underground trains and a bus.
Recent attacks with knives and vehicles have been in much of it the work of individuals inspired by militants like ISIS, but not under their leadership.
McCallum said British authorities have foiled 31 attack plots in the past four years by far-right terrorists and extremists. He said it was hard to tell whether Britain was more or less safe, 20 years after the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.
He said: “The number of plots we destroy in these days it is in reality greater than the number of plots that were coming to us after 9/11, but in media they are smaller plots with less complexity “.
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