Victory against Islamic State is years away, warns MI5 boss Andrew Parker

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Islamic State will be a threat for “years to come” despite being driven from its self-styled caliphate, the head of MI5 warned yesterday.


Director General Andrew Parker said the terror group is “seeking to regroup” after being forced out of its strongholds in Syria and Iraq.

In his first public comments since the nerve agent assassination attempt in Salisbury on double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, Mr Parker also described the Russian government as the “chief protagonist” among hostile states facing the West.

In undiplomatic language, he called Russia’s attempts to deny its use of the nerve agent Novichok on the Skripals as “bare-faced lying”.

Mr Parker made the speech in Berlin to underline Britain’s commitment to working with its European intelligence partners post-Brexit.

He said: “Whilst Daesh [IS] has now lost its false caliphate in its strongholds in Syria and Iraq, tackling the group as a movement will require sustained international focus for years to come.”

He added: “Daesh’s twisted ideology continues to influence vulnerable and violent individuals across Europe and beyond to use crude, but deadly, methods to kill: From stabbings to vehicle attacks; from bullets to bombs; from hard to soft targets.”

Mr Parker said IS continues to pose the “most acute” terrorist threat but “Al Qaeda and other Islamist terrorist groups have not gone away”.

Since the attack in Westminster in March last year – when Khalid Masood killed six, including a policeman – British security services have thwarted another 12 Islamist terror plots and a total of 25 since 2013.

Turning to Russia, Mr Parker said the Kremlin’s behaviour in recent years was “not acceptable”.

He accused the Russian state of “criminal thuggery” and a campaign “to sow doubt by flat denials of the truth, to dilute truth with falsehood, divert attention to fake stories and do all they can to divide alliances”.

He added that “barefaced lying seems to be the default mode”.

Over Russia’s response to the Skripals attack, he said: “The Russian state’s media outlets and representatives have propagated at least 30 different so-called explanations in their efforts to mislead the world.

“One media survey found that two-thirds of social media output at the peak of the Salisbury story came from Russian government-controlled accounts."

“Whatever nonsense they conjure up, the case is clear.”

He said Russia had “pumped out a torrent of lies” last month when trying to deny the chemical attack on the Syrian rebel enclave of Douma.

He added: “The Russian invasion of Crimea – taking territory from another sovereign European country by force – is not acceptable. Seeking to interfere with legitimate democratic elections in the US and in France is not acceptable.

“Attempting to mount a coup against the elected government of Montenegro is not acceptable.

“Neither is unleashing cyberattacks against our countries, as they have done against the Bundestag here in Berlin.”

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Victory against Islamic State is years away, warns MI5 boss Andrew Parker

2018/05/1526381810.jpg
Read: 467     19:25     15 May 2018    

Islamic State will be a threat for “years to come” despite being driven from its self-styled caliphate, the head of MI5 warned yesterday.


Director General Andrew Parker said the terror group is “seeking to regroup” after being forced out of its strongholds in Syria and Iraq.

In his first public comments since the nerve agent assassination attempt in Salisbury on double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, Mr Parker also described the Russian government as the “chief protagonist” among hostile states facing the West.

In undiplomatic language, he called Russia’s attempts to deny its use of the nerve agent Novichok on the Skripals as “bare-faced lying”.

Mr Parker made the speech in Berlin to underline Britain’s commitment to working with its European intelligence partners post-Brexit.

He said: “Whilst Daesh [IS] has now lost its false caliphate in its strongholds in Syria and Iraq, tackling the group as a movement will require sustained international focus for years to come.”

He added: “Daesh’s twisted ideology continues to influence vulnerable and violent individuals across Europe and beyond to use crude, but deadly, methods to kill: From stabbings to vehicle attacks; from bullets to bombs; from hard to soft targets.”

Mr Parker said IS continues to pose the “most acute” terrorist threat but “Al Qaeda and other Islamist terrorist groups have not gone away”.

Since the attack in Westminster in March last year – when Khalid Masood killed six, including a policeman – British security services have thwarted another 12 Islamist terror plots and a total of 25 since 2013.

Turning to Russia, Mr Parker said the Kremlin’s behaviour in recent years was “not acceptable”.

He accused the Russian state of “criminal thuggery” and a campaign “to sow doubt by flat denials of the truth, to dilute truth with falsehood, divert attention to fake stories and do all they can to divide alliances”.

He added that “barefaced lying seems to be the default mode”.

Over Russia’s response to the Skripals attack, he said: “The Russian state’s media outlets and representatives have propagated at least 30 different so-called explanations in their efforts to mislead the world.

“One media survey found that two-thirds of social media output at the peak of the Salisbury story came from Russian government-controlled accounts."

“Whatever nonsense they conjure up, the case is clear.”

He said Russia had “pumped out a torrent of lies” last month when trying to deny the chemical attack on the Syrian rebel enclave of Douma.

He added: “The Russian invasion of Crimea – taking territory from another sovereign European country by force – is not acceptable. Seeking to interfere with legitimate democratic elections in the US and in France is not acceptable.

“Attempting to mount a coup against the elected government of Montenegro is not acceptable.

“Neither is unleashing cyberattacks against our countries, as they have done against the Bundestag here in Berlin.”

Express.co.uk



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