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    Al-Qaeda is resurgent and seeking to carry out new terrorist atrocities against airliners and airports, the security minister Ben Wallace warned last night.

    The terrorist group behind the 9/11 attacks in 2001 poses a growing threat that is keeping ministers “awake at night”, he told The Sunday Times.

    Wallace said intelligence had revealed that al-Qaeda was developing technology to bring down passenger jets. Whitehall officials say that could include miniaturised bombs. Islamists have also plotted to use drones packed with explosives to blow up key targets.
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    Well Mr Wallace, Security Minister @ Home Office, you didn't update Mr Chris Grayling @ Dept Transport, who decided not to push through legislation on drone activity near airports. So saying this is "click bait":
    Wallace said intelligence had revealed that al-Qaeda was developing technology to bring down passenger jets. Whitehall officials say that could include miniaturised bombs. Islamists have also plotted to use drones packed with explosives to blow up key targets.
    Really? From a BBC report:
    His comments come after a report in the Times claimed Transport Secretary Chris Grayling had delayed plans for further legislation regulating drone use.
    Link:https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-46663898
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    You can see the full article here without a subscription.

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/uk-say...-and-airports/

    Do you wonder if we're gradually slipping back to 9/10? Lack of imagination? Still issues with interagency collaboration and information sharing, etc.?

    “The aviation threat is real,” Wallace told British newspaper The Sunday Times. “Al-Qaeda are resurgent. They have reorganized. They are pushing more and more plots towards Europe and have become familiar with new methods and still aspire to aviation attacks.”
    There is a lot of they could do this in the article, all realistic options, but still largely conjecture. In response are we focused on what we can do to mitigate these potential threats, or are we simply admiring the problem?

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    Bill,

    Thanks for the link. I still consider his reported statement is "spin"; a distraction from the Gatwick incident - where incidentally the police have reported doubts there ever was a drone! There is nothing new in what he reportedly said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidbfpo View Post
    Bill,

    Thanks for the link. I still consider his reported statement is "spin"; a distraction from the Gatwick incident - where incidentally the police have reported doubts there ever was a drone! There is nothing new in what he reportedly said.
    David,

    I agree with the spin, but at the same time I do think we'll see the emergence of al-Qaeda 3.0 and although ISIS core has been psychologically and physically dislocated, malignant ISIS cancerous cells have metastasized to a number of countries. The threat of Islamist terrorism is far from over, and it will evolve and of course we need to co-evolve so we can continue to disrupt their large scale attacks. I don't think there is any way to decisively defeat this threat and call it a day. Instead we will have to continue counterterrorism operations indefinitely to maintain enough pressure on these groups and individuals to keep them off balance enough to prevent another 9/11 scale attack. At the same time, we have to shift a great deal of effort to great power competition and prepare for a large scale war with peer competitors with the aim of preventing war, but winning it if necessary. Where we need to go in the near future is clearer now, but how we will navigate there remains unclear to me for now.

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