According the head of MI5, Britain’s domestic security service, the Islamic State has attempted six mass casualty attacks in the last year and will attempt more. The comments were given during a recent speech in London prior to the new Investigative Powers Bill being debated in parliament which will give intelligence services a new legal framework to deal with enhanced technological threats facing the country.
The UK’s Guardian quotes Mr. Parker, “More than 750 extremists from this country have travelled to Syria, and the growth in the threat shows no sign of abating…It may not yet have reached the high water mark and, despite the successes we have had, we can never be confident of stopping everything…A greater ambition for “mass casualty” attacks by Isis has been observed in that time.”
The bulk of Mr. Parker’s comments were directed toward the use of technology by ISIS to recruit and communicate in very sophisticated ways. The recent Tunisian Beach massacre, where scores of Britons were killed, was given as an example of the lethality and barbarity of the types of attacks ISIS is planning in-country.
“All of this means that the threat we are facing today is on a scale and at a tempo that I have not seen before in my career.”
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