MI-5: Arab Spring Creating New Al-Qaeda Sanctuaries

(Independent-UK) Wesley Johnson - Britons are increasingly heading to the Middle East for terrorist training in preparation for attacks in the wake of the Arab Spring, the head of MI-5 has said. Jonathan Evans, the director-general of the Security Service, warned that parts of the Arab world were becoming a more permissive environment for al-Qaeda and Britons were traveling there to "seek training and opportunities for militant activity." Some will return to the UK and pose a threat and the situation "could get worse as events unfold," he said. In a rare public speech, Evans said the Arab world was in "radical transition." "Today parts of the Arab world have once more become a permissive environment for al-Qaeda." Yemen, Libya, Nigeria and Egypt are all understood to pose a risk.

2012-06-29 00:00:00

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