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Alert Issued In the U.S. and UK, al Qaeda Attempting to Launch Large Scale Terror Attacks

January 10, 2015  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
Alert Issued In the U.S. and UK, al Qaeda Attempting to Launch Large Scale Terror Attacks

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Reuters is reporting that the head of Britain’s MI5 Security Service issued an ominous warning on Thursday, saying Al Qaeda militants are planning an attack on the West, intending on inflicting mass casualties on transport systems or at “iconic targets.”

“A group of core al Qaeda terrorists in Syria is planning mass casualty attacks against the West,” Director General Andrew Parker announced in a rare public speech to a small select group at MI5 headquarters in London.

“We know that terrorists based in Syria harbor… ambitions towards the UK – trying to direct attacks against our country, and exhorting extremists here to act independently,” Parker said.

Parker was planned to issue the remarks before, however were delivered after Wednesday’s terror attack in Paris, where Islamic extremists murdered 12 people at the French satirical newspaper.

Parker said al Qaeda militants who are highly trained in Syria, are planning to “cause large-scale loss of life, often by attacking transport systems or iconic targets” in the West.

A previous head of the Defense Intelligence Agency told Fox News that Parker’s remarks are accurate and match with current U.S. intelligence regarding al Qaeda’s operation in attempting mass casualty attacks and targeting iconic Western symbols.

U.S. and European intelligence confirm that al Qaeda militants from Pakistan have traveled to embattled Syria, where they can find British volunteers to launch attacks within the U.K., Sky reported.

Parker referred to the “Khorassan”, group of senior hardened al-Qaeda agents in northern Syria.

“We face a very serious level of threat that is complex to combat and unlikely to abate significantly for some time,” Parker told the crowd.

Parker said even though ISIS is the newest threat to Western nations, he suggested that al Qaeda is the group who still harbours the ambition for a large-scale attack. He also discussed the challenges of stopping attacks by self –started “lone wolves.”

“We believe that since October 2013 there have been more than 20 terrorist plots either directed or provoked by extremist groups,” he said, citing deadly attacks in Europe, Canada and Australia. He said security services have stopped three potentially lethal terrorist plots inside Britain alone in recent months.

It is harder, he said, for agents to disrupt plans of small groups or “lone wolves” who act spontaneously, with minimal planning but deadly effect. The individuals are not part of disciplined, sophisticated networks, and often act with little or no warning.

Parker said the terrorists’ sophisticated use of social media has been successful in inciting British nationals to carry out violence.

“The dark places from where those who wish us harm can plot and plan are increasing,” Parker said.

Security experts say an Internet-driven, generalized rage against Western society can spark an attack at any time — like the massacre in Paris, an attack on a Jewish Museum in Belgium, or the slaying of a soldier in the streets of London.

Al Qaeda was responsible for the September 11, 2001 U.S. attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, and a suicide bomb attack on commuters in London on July 7, 2005 that left 52 people dead.

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