UK could face Islamist threat for decades, former MI5 chief warns – BBC News

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The UK might continue to deal with the hazard of Islamist terrorism for another “20 to 30 years”, the previous head of MI5 has actually stated.

Lord Evans informed BBC Radio 4’s Today program the problem was a “generational issue” which the UK had to “stand firm” with efforts to beat it.

He likewise stated gadgets linked to the web had to be made more safe and secure in the face of emerging cyber hazards.

And he cautioned that Russia was most likely to attempt to interfere in the UK’s democracy.

Lord Evans stepped down as the director general of the security service MI5 in 2013 at a time when it appeared that the terrorism risk from al-Qaeda may be decreasing.

But now, with the increase of the so-called Islamic State militant group, he stated the risk was not likely to end quickly.

Lord Evans stated: “There’s no doubt that we are still dealing with an extreme terrorist risk however I believe its likewise essential to put this in a somewhat longer context because right the method back from the 1990s we have actually been experiencing problems from Islamist terrorists of one sort or another.

“Over that duration the risk has actually reoccured however the underlying hazard has actually continued.

“Since 2013 there have actually been 19 tried attacks that have actually been interrupted as well as because the attack at Westminster we are informed there have actually been 6 disturbances, so this is an irreversible state of readiness.”

He included: “We’re at least 20 years into this. My guess is that we will still be handling the long tail in over 20 years’ time.

“I believe this is really a generational issue. I believe we are going to be dealing with 20 to 30 years of terrorist risk and for that reason we require, definitely seriously, to stand firm.”

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Image caption Lord Evans thinks the problems causing Islamist terrorism are a “generational issue”

Lord Evans likewise alerted that the “web of things” – where cars and domestic gadgets are all linked to the web – will have to be made more safe and secure to decrease emerging cyber dangers.

He stated it was worrying that Russia had actually obviously been interfering in the democratic procedures of some Western nations.

Lord Evans stated it was something the UK required to be alert to, as he would be “extremely shocked” if it was not a target.

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