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Why and how Britain is getting tougher on terrorists


Washington Examiner

by Tom Rogan

British government minister Sajid Javid released his nation's updated counter-terrorism strategy on Monday. Titled "Contest," it builds on previous efforts but with greater urgency, capability and aggression.

Contest starts by identifying the significant terrorist threat facing the U.K.

"Despite action by a global coalition to reduce its territory and infrastructure," the report authors note, "Daesh’s [another term for the Islamic State/ISIS] actions and propaganda mean it remains the most significant terrorist threat we face today. That said, Al Qaeda continues to pose a persistent threat to the West and domestically we also face an increasing threat from extreme right-wing terrorism as well as a persistent risk from Northern Ireland related terrorism."

The point is well made. ISIS might have lost much of its territory, al Qaeda might have lost much of its leadership and Northern Ireland might be more stable than during the troubles, but each of these three groups still threaten U.K. security.

Read more: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/why-and-how-britain-is-getting-tougher-on-terrorists