Britain’s MI5 chief warns al Qaeda in Syria planning mass attacks on West

LONDON (Reuters) – Al Qaeda militants in Syria are plotting attacks to inflict mass casualties in the West, possibly against transport systems or “iconic targets”, the head of Britain’s MI5 Security Service said on Thursday.

Speaking after gunmen killed 12 people in an assault on a French satirical newspaper, MI5 boss Andrew Parker warned a strike on the United Kingdom was highly likely.

“A group of core al Qaeda terrorists in Syria is planning mass casualty attacks against the West,” Director General Parker said in a rare public speech at MI5 headquarters in London. His last public speech was in October 2013.

In the speech, planned before the killings in Paris, Parker said seasoned al Qaeda militants in Syria aimed to “cause large-scale loss of life, often by attacking transport systems or iconic targets” in the West.

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  • soobie

    That’s really good to know. However, the pen is mightier than the sword of Islam.

    • Tell that to the 12 dead at Charlie Hebdo.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Nothing is more powerful than a metaphor, well, except for maybe masked gunmen, suicide bombers, aba-daba’s with scimitars, car bombs…
        That pen, without a man and a sword to defend it, is just a pen.

    • Xavier

      The pen may be mightier but when people are afraid to write it matters naught.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    The real danger would be any threat of a potential backlash, and then the real casualty might be our diversity.

  • Porky17

    I’ve been saying for a long time that it’s not a matter of “if” with muzloids, it’s a matter of “when”. The more muzloids, the more violence. This goes for Canada, the US, France, the UK, Belgium, Germany, Italy, and so on. This murderous Satanic cult will not stop until destroyed.

    • Xavier

      As Islam infects a society it goes through well documented stages. Demands for halal food and small concessions for school and government holidays are the beginning. Later come the riots and car burnings. After that, ethnic cleansing and widespread genocide are implemented to usher in the Peace of Islam, when a society becomes nearly 100% Moslem – which is marked by Moslems slaughtering each other with accusations of not being Islamic enough.

      Now how can we break the cycle?

      • Blacksmith

        “Now how can we break the cycle?”
        I presume this is rhetorical but I will answer for others who may want to know my opinion.
        We will not have peace until the “religion of peace” TM is eliminated.

        • Xavier

          While that would undoubtedly work, it is not going to happen under our current system. No government is willing to eliminate Islam, and there are examples throughout history of the persecuted underdog prevailing in the end. Christianity, for example.

          I believe that we need to give Islam something to fear. Something so abhorrent to their ideology that they will pay any cost to avoid it. It would take an example or two to let them know we were serious, the same way they use terrorism against us.

          I’d like to clearly state that I am not advocating genocide or the slaughter of innocent people; in fact, I’m not suggesting anything specific. I am simply saying identify what most important to Islam and assure the Moslems it will be eliminated. Turn their tactic of terroristic threats against them – a threat is as effective as an actual attack.

          • Blacksmith

            Well you are definitely more tolerant than I am. I am having serious doubts to their being many innocents in islam except those forced to convert and that is mostly females as well. I believe that it is too late for half measures. It has been 1400 years plus and it hasn’t changed.

          • Xavier

            Tolerance has nothing to do with it; you and I cannot mount an army and begin another crusade. We must find another way.

  • simus1

    The head of MI5 should perhaps stick to his assigned area of responsibility the UK and a few dodgy colonies, where much vital work has probably been let slide by PC slackers and incompetents under him who are only adept at avoiding blame for their foul ups.

  • Blacksmith

    It is sad to say but I am afraid it will have to happen, and more than once for the world to wake up to this evil called islam. One would have thought 9-11 was a wake up call but it was not.