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Old 10-12-2017   #221
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Default British IS recruiter Sally-Anne Jones 'killed by drone'

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British IS recruiter Sally-Anne Jones was reportedly killed in a US drone strike in Syria, in June.
Jones, from Chatham in Kent, joined so-called Islamic State after converting to Islam and travelling to Syria in 2013.
Her death was first reported by The Sun.
The BBC's security correspondent Frank Gardner said Jones had been a useful propaganda agent for IS on social media and her death would be "significant".
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-41593659

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Old 10-17-2017   #222
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Default UK facing most severe terror threat ever, warns MI5 chief

In his first selected media appearance MI5's Director said there was currently "more terrorist activity coming at us, more quickly" and that it can also be "harder to detect". He added that more than 130 Britons who travelled to Iraq and Syria to fight with so-called Islamic State had died.

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They are constantly making tough professional judgements based on fragments of intelligence; pinpricks of light against a dark and shifting canvas.
Link:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41655488 and https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/...-mi5-islamist?
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Default Where is the threat coming from?

Yet to catch up on my reading on UK CT, notably the report on the four attacks in 2017, so here is a recent article by Raffaello Pantucci, at RUSI, which was behind a paywall when published a few days ago.

The title: 'The new wave of terrorist threat comes more from the local lone wolf than international plotters'.

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This all paints a bleak picture at the start of a fresh new year and it is worth stopping a moment to recognize a more positive side. Notwithstanding this past year being a particularly grim one in terms of attacks, the UK has not faced a large-scale atrocity on the scale of the London bombings of July 7, 2005, when 56 people died. The attacks we have suffered are for the most part of a low calibre, driven by individuals of limited resources and ability.
Link:https://raffaellopantucci.com/2018/0...plotters/amp/?

In September 2017 a London BBC programme, with Raffaello as the reporter, was screened and is available (27 mins). The summary:
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reveals how Isis used social media to plan and plot attacks on Westminster and London Bridge. He exposes how the terrorist group relies on encrypted messages and the dark web to coerce British Muslims to stage atrocities across the UK.
Link:http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05f9y4g

I assume this podcast is available outside the UK; it is not on YouTube in its entirety.
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Default What do the statistics suggest?

A BBC report, with the official stats on arrest etc, here is one passage:
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There were 400 arrests on suspicion of terrorism-related offences in the year to the end of September 2017. That's the highest recorded figure, up more than 50% on the previous year.
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So 2017 was a bad year for attacks, while still nowhere near the levels of The Troubles in Northern Ireland. But it definitely looks like there has been an unprecedented level of activity around tracking down people who are suspected of wishing to do harm to others.
Link:https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-42420358?
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Default The Crime-Terror Nexus in the United Kingdom and Ireland

A short report (32 pgs) by Peter Neumann (Kings College ICSR) and Rajan Basra ICRS PhD student); nothing startling IMHO, but "all in one place" and published by:www.crimeterrornexus.com
Link to report:https://crimeterrornexus.com/wp-cont...nd-Ireland.pdf
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