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MI5 warns al-Qaida regaining UK toehold after Arab spring

Publié par carmion le 26/06/2012

Nick Hopkins

British would-be jihadists are heading to the Middle East to seek terrorist training because parts of the Arab world have "once more become a permissive environment for al-Qaida", the head of MI5 has warned.
Jonathan Evans said this was a "new and worrying development and could get worse as events unfold … some will return to the UK and pose a threat here".
Though Evans did not say how many people from the UK had gone to the region, it is believed the agency has monitored more than 100 who have attempted to link up with extremists in countries such as Yemen, Egypt, Syria and Libya.
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"MI5 warns al-Qaida regaining UK toehold after Arab spring", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), juin 2012. Consulté le 25/02/2018. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/mi5-warns-al-qaida-regaining-uk-toehold-after-arab-spring