Actually they’re the biggest short term threat, Islam, and Islamization is the biggest threat to Western culture and its civil society over the long haul. Socialism, the EU and statism in general, is a close second.
West’s biggest threat: Battle-hardened homegrown terrorists
- Friday marks third anniversary of assassination of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan by U.S. forces
- Al Qaeda is depleted, but danger of home-grown terror on rise, writes Andrew Hammond
- 11,000 foreign fighters overall may have fought in Syria, from more than 70 countries
- Al Qaeda franchises now focus more on “local” issues, Hammond says, threatening Western security
Editor’s note: Andrew Hammond is a former UK government special adviser, and an associate at LSE IDEAS at the London School of Economics. The views expressed are solely his own.
London (CNN) — Friday marks the anniversary of the assassination of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan by U.S. forces. Three years on, the core organization of al Qaeda has been significantly depleted. However, the danger from so-called “home-grown” terrorism may yet be on the rise, fuelled by foreign nationals returning from key international theatres of war such as Syria.
In the United Kingdom, for instance, Charles Farr, director of the Office for Security and Counter-terrorism, recently asserted that the threat from UK nationals travelling to participate in the Syrian conflict is the “biggest challenge” to UK security services since 9/11. The total number of UK nationals who have fought in Syria is estimated at up to 366 by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at Kings College London, with a significant number believed to have been killed there.
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