Experts worry that Britain is now under immediate threat of a terror attack, with the prospect of future threats of the same terrifying magnitude as the 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States.
Afghanistan’s Taliban resistance commander has warned that his nation would become the “ground zero of extreme Islamist terrorism.”
“The Taliban is not an issue for the Afghan people alone,” Ahmad Masood, leader of the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan, told The Mirror.
“Once again, plots against democracies will be launched here.”
He said his troops badly needed help from the West from his mountain hideaway north of Kabul.
“There is still plenty you can do to help the cause of freedom – you are our last hope,” he continued.
For months, counter-terror agents have feared a Taliban takeover, knowing that it would return to al-Qaeda the “ungoverned areas” in the dunes and mountains where Osama bin Laden hatched his 9/11 attacks.
Military leaders, an ex-MI5 head, intelligence specialists, and security officials have issued chilling warnings that the UK may suffer horrors similar to the 2013 murder of soldier Lee Rigby by Islamists Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale.
“If they have the opportunity to set down infrastructure to train and operate, it will represent a threat to the West,” Lord Jonathan Evans, a former MI5 head, warned.
“There’s also the psychological impact of some individuals being inspired by the failure of Western force in Afghanistan.
“It definitely indicates an increase in threat in the next months and years, both in terms of practicality and ungoverned area, but also in psychological aspects.”
Colonel Richard Kemp, the former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, warned the Mirror that a terrorist assault on the scale of 9/11 might occur in the United Kingdom.
“If they can’t win the US, the UK remains a major target,” says one analyst ” he stated. “As we saw with 9/11, freedom in Afghanistan will allow them time and assistance in planning such an attack.”
“Right now, we are at risk of being attacked by jihadists who have already arrived and have been motivated by the Taliban win in Afghanistan.”
Col Kemp is concerned that the Taliban’s and al-ties Qaeda’s have become stronger in the last 20 years.
They’ve become “close buddies,” he added, and they share “same ideologies and religious views.”
It may result in a “much higher threat from al-Qaeda Mark II,” he asserted, posing a “greater danger” to British civilians.
“There is a long-term and dramatic threat of another 9/11 to the UK,” one analyst warned.
“Would-be jihadists motivated by what has occurred may desire to kill British civilians right now – and it would be because of what has occurred in Afghanistan.”
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