*Â The West is no longer Free. It’s a Free For All..
Britain has imported the makings of a small civil war:
By MI5’s own admission, there areÂ 2,000 terrorists suspects in the UK, perhaps twice that number who are susceptible to recruitment. As Jonathan Evans, the director-general, put it in January: ‘We don’t have anything approaching comprehensive coverage.’ MI5 deserves great praise for thwarting numerous attacks but sources say the Security Service can monitor, at most, two live plots at a time.
That war is not just being fought on British soil:Â
Interceptions of Taliban communications have shown that British jihadists some “speaking with West Midlands accents” are active in Helmand and other parts of southern Afghanistan, according to briefing papers prepared by an official security agency… MI5 has estimated thatÂ up to 4,000 British Muslims had travelled to Pakistan and, before the fall of the Taliban, to Afghanistan for military training.
And not all its jihadists are fighting against British targets:
A university student who becameÂ a suicide bomber in Somalia is believed to be the first of a new wave of British-based Islamic terrorism. The 21-year-old reportedly blew himself up at a military checkpoint killing up to 20 soldiers in the southern Somali town of Baidoa…
The killings come amid warnings that dozens of Islamic extremists have returned to Britain from terror training camps in Somalia… Peter Neumann, a terrorism expert at the Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College London, said: ‘The numbers I hear (going from Britain to Somalia) are 50, 60 or 70 but in reality we don’t know.
America has a very much smaller problem – but cannot be complacent:
(A)Â Somali-American man who was one of several suicide bombers in a terrorist attack last October in SomaliaÂ had apparently been indoctrinated into his extremist beliefs while living in the United States.