MI5 Head Warns al-Qaida Plans 'Mass-Casualty Attacks Against the West'NEWSMAX
l-Qaida militants in Syria are plotting attacks to inflict mass casualties in the West, possibly against transport systems or "iconic targets," the head of Britain's MI5 Security Service said on Thursday.
Speaking after gunmen killed 12 people in an assault on a French satirical newspaper, MI5 boss Andrew Parker warned that a strike on the United Kingdom was highly likely.
"A group of core al-Qaida terrorists in Syria is planning mass-casualty attacks against the West," Director General Parker said in a rare public speech at MI5 headquarters in London. His last public speech was in October 2013.
Al-Qaida killed nearly 3,000 people by attacking the United States with hijacked passenger planes on Sept. 11, 2001. Militants inspired by the group killed 52 commuters in London on July 7, 2005, with suicide bombs.
Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. special forces in 2011, and the threat posed by the network to the West seemed to recede in recent years.
But spies in Europe and the United States have been troubled that al-Qaida militants from Pakistan have appeared in war-torn Syria in what some intelligence analysts say could be part of a plot to mount a major attack against the West.
Thursday's stark warning from one of the West's most influential spymasters mirrors a growing concern among Western political leaders and their Arab allies about the threat from the cauldron of militant groups in Syria and Iraq.
Parker said that about 600 British extremists had traveled to Syria, many joining the militant group that calls itself Islamic State (ISIS) and has taken control of swathes of Iraq and Syria.
The group, an offshoot of al-Qaida, has beheaded two U.S. journalists and an American and two British aid workers in an effort to put pressure on a U.S.-led international coalition bombing its fighters in Syria.
ISIS militants in Syria are plotting attacks on Britain and making sophisticated use of social media to incite British nationals to carry out violence, Parker said.
MI5, established in 1909 to counter German espionage ahead of World War I, stopped three potentially deadly "terrorist plots" against the U.K in recent months, he said.
"We face a very serious level of threat that is complex to combat and unlikely to abate significantly for some time," said Parker, who has argued strongly for more surveillance powers to spy on militant communications on the Internet.
He said security services need to have access to such communications.
"My sharpest concern as director general of MI5 is the growing gap between the increasingly challenging threat and the decreasing availability of capabilities to address it," he said.
"The dark places from where those who wish us harm can plot and plan are increasing," Parker said.
"We need to be able to access communications and obtain relevant data on those people when we have good reason."
Defeating Islam Starts With the Truth By: Diane Sori and Craig Andresen (RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS)
Let's start with the bottom line...what happened in Paris will happen here we just do NOT know exactly when and where. And it will happen because we have a president who caters to, acquiesces to, and condones the actions of those out to kill us all. Remember, Barack HUSSEIN Obama while sometimes using the word 'terrorism' refuses to call the majority of the vast acts of terrorism what they really are...islamic terrorism...because he dare NOT offend his own chosen ideology.
Now lets cut to the chase and tell a truth that few want to hear...islam wants war with the west so lets give it to them and end this once and for all. Remember, islam is NOT a religion so perish the thought that we are waging war on the religion of islam for islam is an ideology, a political cult if you will, and has NOTHING to do with God for allah is but a made-up deity of a perverted pedophile called mohammed.
Simply, this would be a war of civilization against the barbaric.
And this is key because one must understand that NO matter how some want you to believe that radical islam and islam itself are two totally different entities NOTHING could be further from the truth. In fact, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan, a muslim leader in his own right, said, “Islam cannot be classified as moderate or not…These descriptions are very ugly, it is offensive and an insult to our religion. There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that’s it.”
In other words, according to Erdogan, our main stream media and our political leaders are actually insulting the ideology of islam by trying to put what they call 'moderate' muslims on some sort of pedestal. Taking this a step further, our liberal press and the appeasers of islam within our own government constantly speak of being tolerant towards and coexisting with islam. So if simply being referred to as 'moderates' is insulting to their ideology consider this, islam as an ideology of hate and murder wants neither to be tolerated nor coexisted with as their ideology is centered around their goal of dominating the world.
And NO matter how our media and our western leaders try to claim that islam and radical islam are two separate entities their constant rhetoric to that affect has caused us to somewhat look away to and somewhat accept islam's barbaric acts and has actually allowed those acts to NOT only continue but to increase and spread worldwide.
But sometimes an act of barbarism does NOT come with the sword but comes instead with indoctrination into the culture of the ideology of islam by the ignorant and easily swayed.
In the cold war between the cultures of the civilized and the barbaric 'open-minded’ liberals, too ignorant of the true nature of islam, are knowingly aiding and abetting the barbaric enemy.
Therefore, knowing the true intentions of the ideology of islam and knowing too what offends them…tolerance…appeasement…labeling any part of their ideology as moderate...along with any notion that coexisting with their ideology is possible… it seems the only way NOT to insult islam is to accept their open and often reiterated invitation to go to war against them.
This should NOT be construed as any sort of promotion of genocide however, as those countries that want them are welcome to them, but they should be aware that harboring the practitioners of islam or being controlled by the ideology of islam will put them on America's 'Enemy Watch List.'
Let the barbarians do to each other whatever they want within the confines of their ideological map-drawn borders, but stray from those borders and be met with decisive force from the civilized Western world.
Also remember, the ideology of islam is NOT that different from the ideology of Nazi Germany for islam, like mid-twentieth century Germany, is all about extermination of those who do NOT bow to their ways...do NOT succumb to their ideas of perfection...and who will NOT willfully be indoctrinated...be brainwashed...be controlled by those who are NOTHING but throwbacks to the 7th century.
Now let's be clear...islam...all of islam...is vile, barbaric, and bloodthirsty and the followers of islam will stop at NOTHING to bring the West to its knees. Many atrocities have been committed in the name of islam but since 9/11 most have happened 'over there' NOT really touching the West directly...that is until this past Wednesday when hell burst through the doors of a satirical French magazine called Charlie Hebdo.
And as the smoke clears and facts start to surface one fact must be known whether Obama likes it or NOT...this was NO 'lone wolf' attack. Carefully planned and executed by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula operatives, those assassinated on Wednesday were targeted by al-Qaeda's leadership for what they perceived as defaming their revered prophet.
In fact, an al-Qaeda member on Friday provided to The Associated Press a statement in English saying "the leadership of AQAP directed the operations and they have chosen their target carefully."
Chosen their target carefully as well as choosing, we believe, a way to actually deflect what was done away from them for what was an act of terror meant to bring France to its knees has, it seems for the moment, backfired on the entirety of the islamic terrorist network. Rather than cower and offer more appeasement to islam…the people of France have boldly struck back...or did they?
On Thursday, just 24-hours after three islamic terrorists assassinated the12 people including two police officers…three concussion type grenades were thrown at a mosque in the city of Le Mans just west of Paris…shots were fired into a mosque in the district of Port-la-Nouvelle near Narbonne in southern France...and a bomb was detonated outside a kebab shop next door to a mosque in the eastern French town of Villefranche-sur-Saone.
But what seems suspicious is that in each of these events…the grenades…the shots fired...and the bombing…nobody was injured.
Nobody...absolutely NOT one drop of blood was shed.
So could this be a thinly disguised attempt by islamists to gain sympathy after Wednesday's horrific acts...you cannot put anything past folks as vile and barbaric as this.
In fact, just this past Thursday, Director General Andrew Parker of Britain's MI5, said al-Qaeda militants in Syria are planning an attack on the West, aimed at inflicting mass casualties on transportation systems or at “iconic targets.”
Nonetheless, in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre the French people stood up and took to the streets amid the highest possible terror threat levels enacted by their government. The people of France, it seems, have had enough and they are, for now, willing to stand as one against islam and its ideology of death. Just as the civilized world stood and defeated the Nazis, it must happen again and bring the 1300-year long genocidal agenda of islam to an end.
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