British terrorism update
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A defense minister warned that potential terrorists with intent to “inflict harm” to the British are taking advantage of the chaotic situation of the evacuation of Kabul Airport to try to board a flight to the United Kingdom.
Last week, the British government was under pressure due to the pace of action taken by the Taliban to airlift thousands of British nationals and Afghan staff from Kabul. But Armed Forces Minister James Shipper said on Monday that officials are conducting extensive inspections to ensure that potential evacuees do not pose a security risk.
“We want to be able to open the door so that people can enter at a faster rate,” he told the BBC. “But now someone in Kabul is trying to take a British flight that we determined to be on the UK’s no-fly list during the inspection. Therefore, the ongoing inspection is absolutely necessary because someone is trying to use this process to enter the UK and cause us harm.”
A Whitehall official told the Financial Times that British diplomats responsible for managing ground evacuation had obtained biometric devices to eradicate fraudulent applications.
Western intelligence agencies worry that the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan may prompt The revival of the al-Qaeda network In this country, this has been effectively suppressed during two decades of military operations by NATO allies.
Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller, former director-general of MI5, the British domestic intelligence agency, warned last week that the victory of the Taliban and its defeat to Western forces would have a major security impact on Britain and its allies. She said that the success of the Taliban will help “inspire and inspire” all-out jihadists, and expressed doubts that the new Afghan leader can effectively fulfill his promise to prevent terrorists from operating on their territory.
“The border with Pakistan is full of loopholes, and its government supports the Taliban,” Manningham-Buller told the House of Lords. “There is enough space to recruit, plan and train a new generation of terrorists… I expect more terrorism based on extreme Islamic ideologies will target the West.”
After the withdrawal of troops, Islamic State Khorasan (the Islamic State branch in Afghanistan, also known as Isis-K) also increased local risks.
White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said last week that the United States is “highly concerned” about the possibility of a terrorist attack by Isis-K in Afghanistan.
Heappey said that the Islamic State posed a “very real threat” in Kabul and was particularly concerned about the threat of suicide bombings at the airport during the evacuation.
“One of the most striking things about what our troops are doing is that they know there is a suicide bomber or some other threat or a real threat of an attack,” Heappey said. “This means they have to use one hand to put their finger on the trigger and the other hand to hold someone else’s baby.”
In the past 24 hours, a total of 1,821 people were evacuated from Kabul by British troops, and 6,631 people were airlifted in the past week. There will be nine flights in the next 24 hours.