This is an excerpt from an article authored by Anthony Glees.Â Mr. Glees is director for the Brunel Center for Intelligence and Security Studies.
CAMPUS JIHAD IN THE UK
LONDON â€” U.K. intelligence officials have just provided a chilling assessment of the terrorist threat Britain faces. The country has become "al Qaeda target No. 1," security sources told me, confirming last week's press reports. Intelligence services now judge Britain's "home grown" terrorists to be organized, trained and controlled either directly from Pakistan or via Pakistani networks in Britain.
Until now, intelligence services thought British Islamist terrorists had no hard links to al Qaeda despite sharing its ideology. "Clean skins" in the security jargon, they were believed to have acted alone or in self-constructed cells. This theory was the product of what MI5 thought it knew about the terrorists before last year's July 7 bombings, which was far too little. Just two months before the attacks, MI5's Joint Terrorism Analysis Center concluded, "there is not a group with both the current intent and capability to attack the U.K."
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