Wednesday, October 18, 2023

British spy chief says Gaza war raises risk of terror in UK, fears Iran on the move

Britain’s domestic MI5 spy agency chief has warned that the current conflict between Israel and the Gazan terrorists increases the UK’s terror risk, singling out Iran as a cause for concern.

The comments by MI5 director general Ken McCallum, reported in UK media Wednesday, follow terror attacks by suspected Islamist extremists in France and Belgium since war broke out following Hamas’s devastating onslaught in Israel on October 7.

“There clearly is the possibility that profound events in the Middle East will either generate more volume of UK threat and/or change its shape in terms of what is being targeted, in terms of how people are taking inspiration,” McCallum said.

He was speaking to British media at a summit in the United States attended by its intelligence chiefs and counterparts from Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

“In the current climate, we and our partners are particularly attuned to the risk that terrorist organizations may choose to strike in a new way, or perhaps that individuals choose to respond often in spontaneous or unpredictable ways,” he added. READ MORE