Britain’s MI5 Chief Warns Al Qaeda in Syria Planning Mass Attacks on West

Guy Faulconbridge, Yahoo! News, January 8, 2015

Al Qaeda militants in Syria are plotting attacks to inflict mass casualties in the West, possibly against transport systems or “iconic targets”, the head of Britain’s MI5 Security Service said on Thursday.

Speaking after gunmen killed 12 people in an assault on a French satirical newspaper, MI5 boss Andrew Parker warned a strike on the United Kingdom was highly likely.

“A group of core al Qaeda terrorists in Syria is planning mass casualty attacks against the West,” Director General Parker said in a rare public speech at MI5 headquarters in London. His last public speech was in October 2013.

In the speech, planned before the killings in Paris, Parker said seasoned al Qaeda militants in Syria aimed to “cause large-scale loss of life, often by attacking transport systems or iconic targets” in the West.


Parker said around 600 British extremists had traveled to Syria, many joining the militant group which calls itself “Islamic State” and has taken control of swathes of Iraq and Syria.


Islamic State militants in Syria were plotting attacks on Britain and making sophisticated use of social media to incite British nationals to carry out violence, Parker said.

MI5, established in 1909 to counter German espionage ahead of World War One, had stopped three potentially deadly “terrorist plots” against the United Kingdom in recent months, he said.

“We face a very serious level of threat that is complex to combat and unlikely to abate significantly for some time,” said Parker, who has argued strongly for more surveillance powers to spy on militant communications on the Internet.


Twitter and Facebook are so important to militants that technology giants should give security services greater access to their networks, the head of Britain’s GCHQ eavesdropping agency said last year.

“The dark places from where those who wish us harm can plot and plan are increasing,” Parker said. “We need to be able to access communications and obtain relevant data on those people when we have good reason.”

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  • Maybe this would be a good time to insert the hateful extremist notion that allowing Middle Eastern and South Asian and African Muslims to immigrate to Europe isn’t such a good idea.

    • dd121

      No matter what happens this never seems to occur to leftists.

    • See The Future

      Holllande stays we must unite together against the fanatics. The fanatics have nothing to do with muslims. Here is your root problem.

      • The problem with Hollande’s response is that he can only work up opposition to what they did in generic terms, against “fanaticism,” “terrorism,” “intolerance, “extremism.” Conveniently, that gives him the ability to jitz anger against MLP.

        • Charles Martel

          Hollande is a politician not a statesman.

    • dukem1

      I have concluded that the only reason our elected elites refuse to acknowledge and act upon the demonstrable fact that Islam is as much – or more – of a political movement as much as a religion is that to do do so would be to admit that there are certain groups, cultures,beliefs, etc. that just plain don’t work in what we might call “modern civilization.”
      Some old Soviet commissar or appartchick, or whatever, once said the capitalists would sell you the rope used to hang them…A more fitting statement would be that we give these murderous curs the freedom to exterminate us.
      I just feel we are long past the point where a Martel will arise to do what must be done.
      We are doomed.
      (By the way, QD, love your work..Have you been contacted to make a contribution to the Ferguson/Brown museum?—just kiddin’ there)

      • Nonhumans

        Don’t abandon hope. Necessity being the mother of creativity, once things get bad enough, we will organize and take necessary action against the Muslim menace.

  • MekongDelta69

    And once again:

    You import third-world terrorists,
    You get third world terrorists.

    • To that we can add:

      You import third-world people,
      you get a third-world country.

      • Paleoconn

        You import Muslims, you get sharia.

      • MBlanc46

        That’s a simple truth that far to many Westerners just don’t grasp: Third World countries are the hellholes that they are because of the people that live in them.

  • dd121

    For your own safety avoid sports stadiums and any large gathering of people.

    • superlloyd

      Avoid muslims.

      • dd121

        I do but I expend most of my efforts avoiding areas where blacks form packs.

      • model1911

        And ‘others’.

  • See The Future

    The radicals are really a bunch of fools. Why upset your host? Muslims are already winning the war for the takeover of Europe without firing a shot. Their numbers and breeding rates are so high that in a few generations they will have the numbers to democratically elect only muslims and to change the country to Islam and sharia. All democratic and legal with the support of people like Hollande who says the executions had nothing to do with muslims.

    How can a traitor like Hollande and his political supporters continue to remain in office?

  • freddy_hills

    This could be a blessing if it causes a backlash and resurgent nationalism.

    • Triarius

      It’s creeping in that general direction. Wouldn’t mind a few more happening soon, instead of a slow and non-noticeable amount happening. Not unlike people hoping Obama gets re-elected just to hurry things up. Which, in my opinion, he is doing quite nicely.

  • Reynardine

    What our leaders are telling us: “We have to prevent terrorism at all costs!”

    What we should be thinking: “How do we prevent people like this from coming in?”

    What our leaders actually are thinking: “How do we bring in more of these refugees and third-world malefactors?”

    So far, the UK has only given refugee status to a few dozen of these “special people.” Let’s keep it that way. Heck, let’s send ’em back.

  • Reynardine

    Honestly, this sounds horrible, instead of letting the Jews flee France and Britain as the Muslims take over, we should keep them in and settle them right next to each other. Middle Easterners all get along, right?

    After all, diversity is so great, we want the Jews to experience it as well! Enjoy the vibrancy, Shlomo, you’re going down on the ship with us.

  • R L Buds

    The ones in the West are just the tip of the spear. There are a huge number of them and they’d probably put there differences aside against the true infidels; we should probably be scared, oh well.

  • Speedy Steve

    It would not surprise me in the least to find out that Rothschild money is to blame for the importation of turd world riff-raff.

  • bubo

    No, they know. They just can’t bring themselves to admit it. Just as they know blacks are prone to criminality and violence. The left is far too invested in their multicult, anti-white, anti-western, anti-normality worldview to admit their grave mistake. But they know.

  • WR_the_realist

    Yet another threat that wouldn’t exist if the neocons hadn’t weakened Assad to the point he couldn’t keep ISIS out.

  • KenelmDigby

    A more truthful statement would be

    “European politicians want to see more White Europeans massacred and blown to pieces – by importing more third world immigrants.”

  • ElComadreja

    Why bother? The west is doing an excellent job of destroying itself.

  • Realist

    “l Qaeda wants to “cause large-scale loss of life.””
    Oooohhhh….big news

    • Nonhumans

      Some religion of peace they have there, huh?

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    And stupid Sweden wants to let in unlimited number of Syrians into the country.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    No matter what happens the libs will never learn that DIE-veristy is not our strength and forcing people to live togetehr will only cause conflict. I guess when they get bombed I wonder if they will realize that.

  • Fall and Decline of Man

    Al-Qaeda seems like an Emmanuel Goldstein to me. It’s not unaffiliated Muslims following the teachings of their local imam carrying out these attacks, it’s Al-Qaeda. OOoooooOOOooo

  • Triarius

    No. I’m pretty sure these terrorist attacks are not happening in Jewish lands. But if you want to know who has been pioneering African and Muslim immigration into Europe, there is a Jewish connection there.

  • OhWow

    It never ceases to amaze me that the consensus is still “bring the diversity!” when all diversity does is cause violence, tension, death, crime, mistrust, and conflict.

    Without blacks, hispanics, or muslims, the most dangerous thing whites would do is accidentally drop their coffee from Starbucks. Without these groups, America would be among the safest places on earth.

    Diversity is bad. It’s a negative. It’s a weakness. I think some are finally starting to see this in the mainstream.

    • Nonhumans

      I think theyve known it accepted it for a very long time. I think theyre becoming realistic with the fact that its becoming impossible to keep pushing the narrative. Its foolish to continue lying when the reality is getting through so regularly.
      It is worrisome, though, that so many people still buy into the narrative when there are so many profound indicators that it is utterly false. Despite the fact that the internet makes it terribly easy to find the Real News if youre so stoopid that you cant see through the lies.

  • Charles Martel

    This will never be done. It’s like the “arguments” over enhanced interrogation techniques, Gitmo, etc. – “it will only antagonize the Muslims.” Just an excuse for cowardice IMHO