The seizure of power by them Taliban In Afghanistan, the British intelligence chief commented that he could give “moral impetus” to extremists plotting attacks elsewhere, and could again give them a basis to do as they had done before 9/11. .
Ken McCallum, the director general of the Security Service, better known by the initials MIS5 (Military Intelligence Unit 5), told the BBC that the terrorist threat to Britain was “a real and long-term thing”.
In an interview on the eve of the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in the United States, McCallum was quoted as saying by the Athens News Agency, citing the British media: “We are indeed facing an ongoing global struggle to defeat extremism and protect terrorism.”
The last major attacks in Britain occurred in 2017, when a bomber attacked a concert in Manchester and men with knives attacked two bridges in London. Since then, police and secret services have prevented 31 final-stage conspiracies to attack Britain, said McCallum. Fighters like them could be ‘inspired’ by the success of the Taliban.
“Overnight we can have a psychological boost, a moral boost to extremists who are already here or in other countries, so we need to be vigilant,” McCallum said. “There is no doubt that the recent events in Afghanistan they will have encouraged and encouraged some of these extremists, “he added.
The Taliban have vowed not to allow Afghanistan, where Osama bin Laden plotted the 9/11 attacks, to once again become a haven for fighters planning to strike at the West. But McCallum said there was a risk of that happening.
“Along with the immediate animating effect, there is a risk that the terrorists will regroup and once again put us on the road to well-designed complex conspiracies like the ones we faced on 9/11 and the years that followed,” he said.