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Law Street By James LevinsonSweeping changes are likely to come in Britain’s policy toward terrorism and extremism after Prime Minister Theresa May declared that “enough is enough” during a speech outside of 10 Downing Street on Sunday. The speech was prompted after another attack on Saturday night at the London Bridge where a white van struck pedestrians in a coordinated attack that killed seven and injured dozens that was later claimed by ISIS.This is the third major attack that has occurred in Britain this year including a terror attack on Westminister Bridge that occurred in March and the bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester in May.In her speech, May responded with the introduction of a new four-point plan toward combating the “new trend” of ideological extremism. While the plan presented was broad and skimmed on policy specifics that might be introduced, it was indicative of the direction of...
By SYLVIE CORBET Associated Press Minneapolis Star Tribune PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron held a special meeting Wednesday to create a new counterterrorism unit to improve intelligence-sharing and elaborate security strategies, one day after a man attacked a police officer in front of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.The "national center of counterterrorism" was formally presented Wednesday during a defense council at the Elysee palace, in the presence of government members and top security officials.The unit, composed of about 20 people, will supervise all counterterrorism efforts.It will be based at the Elysee, will operate 24 hours a day and will act directly under the president's authority — an unprecedented situation in the country, where some observers have denounced a lack of coordination between foreign and domestic intelligence services.A top official at the French presidency said the new unit will notably determine strategies to fight against radicalization on the internet and...
PM’s call reflects concerns over increase in tempo of attacks as fears grow that police and security services missed opportunities to stop attacks by Ewen MacAskill, Rowena Mason and Vikram Dodd - The GuardianThe British domestic intelligence agency MI5 is to take a hard look at its counter-terrorism operations in the wake of the London Bridge attack after Theresa May took the unusual step of calling publicly for a review.The prime minister’s decision to go public adds to the pressure MI5 is under as further questions emerge over whether it did enough to stop the attack.May’s call reflects concern over a sudden increase in the tempo of attacks and plots. There is also worry over whether the police and security services missed opportunities, including a disclosure from Italian intelligence that it had flagged up to its British counterparts worries about the third attacker, the Moroccan-Italian Youssef Zaghba. As well as...
‘Worst-case scenario is your staff, patients and visitors could be killed or injured,’ guide statesby Narjas Zatat - Independent.co.uk New guidance issued by a police counter-terror unit has warned hospitals and GP surgeries that they may be targets for attacks.The National Counter Terrorism Security Office released an updated ‘Crowded Places Guidance’ document, which tells medical professionals: “It is possible that your surgery, for example, could be the target of a terrorist incident. This might include having to deal with a bomb threat or suspicious items left in or around the area.“The worst-case scenario is your staff, patients and visitors could be killed or injured, and your premises destroyed or damaged in a ‘no warning’ multiple and co-ordinated terrorist attack.” Hospitals are warned that the nature of such an attack may be covert, “through interference with vital information” or “enabled by an insider or someone with specialist knowledge or access to...
IrishExaminer.com By Cormac O'KeeffeIrish Examiner ReporterA larger anti-terrorism unit, more armed gardaí on the streets, round-the-clock regional support units and specially trained garda dispatchers for terrorist and firearms incidents are all being put in place to deal with potential terror threats.The extra measures, unveiled in the wake of the London and Manchester attacks, come as the separated wife of Moroccan Rachid Redouane — who had lived in Dublin and was one of the three London attackers — issued a statement saying she was “deeply shocked, saddened and numbed” by his actions.British woman Charisse O’Leary, who married Redouane in Dublin in November 2012, said they had split up six months ago and that she would have to try and explain to their daughter “why her father did what he did”.She said: “I wish to make it absolutely clear, so there can be no doubt, I condemn his actions and do not...