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BRITAIN COULD face a major terrorist strike in the wake of last night s atrocities in Paris as security services battle to tackle so-called Islamic State s increasingly aggressive stance against the West, a leading academic from Yorkshire has warned.
LIVE BLOG: FOLLOW THE EVENTS AROUND EUROPE IN REAL-TIME1 Intelligence services are facing an ever-growing demand on their expertise to hunt down members of the IS terrorism network which has claimed responsibility for a succession of attacks across the world in recent months.
Dr Afshin Shahi, the director of the Bradford University-based Centre for the Study of Political Islam, claimed the fragmented nature of the IS organisation means that it is extremely difficult for security agencies to track down those behind the most recent atrocities – as well as those who are planning future attacks.
He said: IS is evolving as an organisation at a very rapid rate, and it is clearly pursuing a campaign that is aimed at creating as much fear in communities across the Middle-East and the West as it can. MORE COVERAGE OF THE PARIS TERROR ATTACKS2
It had previously been more concerned about the expansion of its territories in Iraq and Syria, but now in retaliation to the anti-IS coalition in Iraq and Syria, they are targeting their enemies in their own countries. This is not just about targeting France, this is a message to every country that is part of the anti-IS coalition.
Dr Shahi claimed that Russia s recent military intervention in Syria is likely to have been the motivation for what is widely-perceived to have been a terrorist plot to blow up the passenger plane that crashed in the Sinai after flying out of the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh last month. All 224 people on board were killed, mostly Russian nationals.
Dr Shahi added: You can see the tensions have been rising in countries such as the United Kingdom. In my opinion, I can quite easily see a similar attack happening in London or a major city in the UK, because it is so difficult to track the members of the organisation. He stressed that the circumstances of each attack needed to be taken into context, and warned against comparisons to the massacre at the offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine and shootings at a Jewish supermarket in Paris in January this year.
Dr Shahi claimed that both of those attacks had targeted specific sections of the Parisian society, with a magazine that had faced criticism for its parodies of religion and politics, as well as a supermarket serving the city s Jewish community.
He maintained that last night s attacks had been intended to cause as much fear among a far-wider section of French society. Dr Shahi said: He have to refrain from generalisation, as it is sometimes very tempting to try and create patterns in an attempt to explain what has happened. The circumstances of what happened in Paris last night are very different from what happened earlier this year.
There are of course some similarities, but last night was about targeting an area that was a very mixed neighbourhood with a lot of young people enjoying a Friday night out. This is going to create a massive propaganda effect, with people now asking why has their country been targeted again, and asking whether their government should change its foreign policy and intervention in other nations like Iraq and Syria. The intelligence services in France have faced criticism today after they were unable to prevent a second wave of terrorist attacks in the nation s capital city in the space of only 10 months.
But Dr Shahi claimed that the ability to track the terrorists was a huge challenge, due to IS having a loosely-based hierarchy and a fragmented structure spread across the globe.
There has been a concerted effort by the terrorist organisation to promote the brand of IS to scattered networks of other extremists to aid its cause. Dr Shahi said: There are a host of reasons as to why Paris has been targeted again. There is a great deal of polarisation between Muslims and the wider communities, and a lot of tension.
It may be as simple as the fact that the terrorists have been able to establish a better network in France than other countries, and the free movement around Europe into France has aided that. The Centre for the Study of Political Islam which is based at Bradford University will be officially launched next month at the House of Lords in London, although it has been operating since February this year. It is the first academic centre of its kind in the UK to study the various aspects of political Islam.
ONE OF the suicide bombers in the Paris attack had featured in a previous terrorism investigation but slipped through the net, it has emerged.
Prosecutors identified one of the assailants who blew himself up in the Bataclan music hall on Friday as Samy Amimour, a 28-year-old Frenchman.
In a disclosure that will deepen concerns over possible intelligence failures, officials revealed that Amimour had been charged in a terror probe in 2012 over claims he planned to travel to Yemen.
He was placed under judicial supervision but dropped off the radar – prompting authorities to issue an international arrest warrant. It was also revealed that a suicide bomber who blew himself up outside the national soccer stadium was found with a Syrian passport in the name of Ahmad Al Mohammad, a 25-year-old born in Idlib.
Meanwhile, An international manhunt was continuing for Salah Abdeslam, 26, who rented a car used to carry gunmen to the Bataclan music venue.
Britons have been urged to join a Europe-wide minute s silence at 11am to remember the 129 people killed in the rampage in the French capital.
David Cameron will join world leaders at the G20 summit in Turkey in observing the silence in remembrance of the victims. The French authorities missed an opportunity to detain their target Abdeslam just hours after the carnage in Paris when he was questioned and released on Saturday morning.
Officers had Abdeslam in their grasp when they stopped the car carrying him and two other men near the Belgian border. Abdeslam is one of three brothers suspected of involvement in the Paris attacks.
Another has been named as Brahim.
The 31 year-old suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest at the Bataclan on Boulevard Voltaire. A third brother was arrested in Belgium. IS – also known as Isil and Daesh – has claimed responsibility for the Paris atrocities which killed at least 129 people and French forces struck back with a massive bombardment of the jihadist group s stronghold in Raqqa, Syria.
Twelve aircraft, including 10 fighter jets, dropped 20 bombs, destroying a jihadi training camp and a munitions dump in Raqqa, where Iraqi intelligence officials claimed the attacks on Paris were planned.
British police and spies are working closely with counterparts in France and Belgium to identify and pursue those behind the Paris massacre. Security has been beefed up in UK cities and ports as Britons were urged to remain vigilant, although the terror threat level has not been changed from the second-highest severe rating.
The security and intelligence services will receive a major funding boost in response to the IS threat, which has been blamed for the bombing of a Russian airliner in Egypt and the Paris attack in recent weeks. Mr Cameron has announced a 15% increase in the 12,700-strong staff of the security and intelligence agencies MI5, MI6 and GCHQ with the recruitment of an additional 1,900 personnel.
Spending on aviation security will increase to at least double the current 9 million a year. The Prime Minister said the UK was engaged in a generational struggle against extremist terror. The additional spending will help combat those who would destroy us and our values and allow Britons to continue with our way of life we hold so dear .
More details have emerged about the IS attack which was the worst terrorist outrage in Europe for more than a decade, leaving at least 129 dead and 350 wounded. Prosecutors believe three teams of terrorists carried out the co-ordinated attacks As many as three of the seven suicide terrorists killed on Friday night were French.
Two were Frenchmen living in Brussels Bilal Hadfi has been named as one of the assailants and is said to have fought with IS in Syria. The 20-year-old, was identified by police as one of the three suicide bombers at the Stade de France.
Three Kalashnikov assault rifles were discovered inside the Seat car used in the attacks which was found in the suburb of Montreuil, four miles east of Paris One of the attackers was identified as 29-year-old Frenchman Ismael Mostefai, who had been flagged for links to Islamic radicalism Seven people have been arrested in Belgium and six in France in connection with the killings, including Mostefai s father and brother.
More arrests were reported by French media overnight in Grenoble, in the south-east of the country French media reported there had been arrests in Grenoble, in south-eastern France, where anti-terror officers had recovered firearms and cash. At least one of the men arrested in Belgium was a French national
It has been reported that one of the attackers passed through Europe as a refugee using a Syrian passport to enter Greece. The passport was also registered in Serbia and Croatia. The name on the passport was Ahmad Almohammad, according to reports
The only British fatality confirmed so far is Nick Alexander, 36, from Colchester, who was selling merchandise for rock group Eagles of Death Metal when their gig at the Bataclan was targeted. Video has emerged of the moment the terrorists attacked, firing repeatedly at fans as band members fled the stage. The UK s ambassador in Paris, Peter Ricketts, laid flowers at an impromptu shrine outside the venue today, describing it as intensely moving .
In a sign of the continued tension in Paris, the Place de la Republique – where huge crowds had gathered – was suddenly evacuated with people fleeing in terror. The square, where Channel 4 News was broadcasting live at the time, was reopened after it was confirmed the panic was the result of a false alarm. Speaking from the G20 summit in Turkey, Mr Cameron said Europe would be safer if the threat from IS – also known as Isil – was dealt with.
He said: It s become even more clear that our safety and security depends on degrading and ultimately destroying Isil whether it s in Iraq or Syria. We re playing a huge role in that already in Iraq. Others are taking action in Syria which we both support and enable, but we ve got to keep on making the case that we will be safer in the UK, in France, right across Europe if we destroy this death cult once and for all.
It has emerged Iraqi intelligence warned countries in the US-led coalition against IS, including France, of an imminent assault the day before the Paris attacks.
But the Iraqi dispatch provided no details on when or where the attack would take place, and a senior French security official described it as the kind of warning French intelligence gets all the time and every day .
Simmering tensions in towns and cities all over Britain are being made worse by the sheer cowardice of the police and the MSM ( mainstream media ). Normal English people are getting increasingly angry about the way in which racist attacks on our community especially by arrogant and violent Muslim thugs are routinely ignored by the police and covered up by the MSM.
This post we came across on Facebook, from Rotherham resident Tracy Vicini, sums it all up. As does the fact that she posted it on 24th August but not even the local paper has mentioned one word about this potentially deadly incident, or the fact that the thugs involved are still roaming the streets with their machetes.
Here s Tracy s post in full:
Thinks it s time to go to media about Saturday night, being chased by 2 Asians with machetes isn t that important to Rotherham police even tho it s all on cctv they ant even bother to go to pub & look at it, they also passing book everytime we ring saying it s a different department that s dealing with it this is after they used the racist card saying they must have been provoked by racist comments, lmfao wot a joke I m nearly 52 & had just finished work & was just getting in a taxi when they came running towards us shouting threats & waving machetes & my step son was inches away from being attacked by them Yet a couple of hours b4 when Rotherham lads come back from match police were there within minutes of them getting of coach becos there ad been a scuffle, as far as I m concerned Rotherham police are still as disgraceful today as they were years ago!!!!
Pls share so people are aware that these scum bags are still out there free to do it to other people & probably won t be stopped until they actually killed someone.
Muslims and big blades are a very dangerous mix.
Like the lady says, please Share this all over so that even more people learn what s going on.
Wake Up, England!