Entire World has been affected by the ongoing Radicalization and Terrorism. Earlier this phenomena was only used for the developing Countries but in recent times this evil of Terrorism has spread its tentacles into Western World as well. We have seen many Terror attacks in European countries in last couple of years, and recent emergence of ISIS and other Terrorist groups have raised the alarm for entire Europe.
Britain which was usually not impacted of Terrorism in last couple of decades is now sitting on a Terror Time bomb which can devastate it any moment from now.
No we are not exaggerating or misleading you, this information has been provided by Premier British Intelligence Agency MI5. As per them Britain is the home to up to 35,000 fanatical Islamists of whom 3,000 are ‘worrying’ for the security service MI5.
EU counter-terrorism coordinator Gilles de Kerchove singled out the UK as having more radicalized Muslims than any other country in Europe. Mr de Kerchove also warned that ISIS will attempt a cyber-attack on nuclear power stations or air traffic control systems within five years. This could be done by paying Russian hackers to break into vital computer systems.
An MI5 official said that the United Kingdom has identified 20,000 to 35,000 radicals. Of these, 3,000 are worrying for MI5, and of those 500 are under constant and special attention. France has 17,000. Spain many less, but more than 5,000. In Belgium almost 500 have been to Syria and there are around 2,000 radicals or more. And as per an assumption more than 50,000 are currently operating in entire Europe. MI5 has selected those who are really worrying and the most dangerous, and they are being monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
He further warned that European countries will suffer further attacks inspired by ISIS – and said greater measures must be taken to prevent them.
He said that Britain will suffer more attacks. Most, except for Brussels and Paris, were not directed from Raqqa, but they were inspired there. And later Islamic State claims responsibility. The propaganda of the organization no longer requires people to go to the caliphate. They can attack in their places or origin, including on a small scale with home-made weapons.’
The counter-terrorism official also warned that radicals were increasingly using the Islamic concept of ‘taqiyya‘ – concealing their religious beliefs from those around them – in order to prevent detection.
We must work more at protecting so-called easy targets. Bollards, the re-designing of pedestrian streets are necessary. There is a clear effect of imitation in terrorism, and it seems clear that something like Barcelona will happen again.’
European security services has been on a constant mission of dismantling cells, destroying plans, arresting people for last few months. Spain alone has arrested 51 jihadi so far this year. The figure was 69 in 2016 and 75 in 2015.
He added: ‘This is a generational problem. It will take time, decades, it won’t be resolved in months.’ To date there have been no recorded cases of cyberterrorism, in the sense of penetrating or intending to penetrate the systems of nuclear power stations, prisons, electrical stations or aerospace’.
But he added: ‘I would not be surprised if in the next five years it happens. Not that it works but that they try. One should not underestimate the potential of Islamic State.
‘At the moment they don’t have the knowledge for this. But in the dark net you can find system vulnerabilities for sale. Or they can buy the services of Russian hackers, because they have money.’