Britain Faces New Terror Wave
Duncan Gardham (Telegraph-UK)
Over the next 5 to 10 years, about 800 prisoners - in jail for non-terrorism offenses - are due to be released after having been radicalized in jail, says Prof. Michael Clarke, head of the Royal United Services Institute, in a report published Friday. They will be joined by convicted terrorists serving short sentences who, once freed, are likely to be just as committed to the cause of jihad as before they were jailed, the report claims. The report serves as a stark reminder that the threat from Islamist terrorism remains "severe," indicating a terrorist attack is considered "highly likely." The level was raised from "substantial" in January...
While previous al-Qaeda tactics involved so-called "spectacular" attacks, the report warns that the terrorist group's leaders, such as Yemeni preacher and US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, are encouraging individuals to launch less sophisticated but equally deadly attacks on crowded places. Their targets have also changed from concentrating on aircraft to including attacks on trains, hotels and sporting events.