|1. NGOHAN JSC.|
City: Dong Nai Province
|2. Cowaelmic JSC.|
Category: Civil Engineering
City: Ha Noi
|3. Ngoc Hung Group|
City: Daklak Province
|4. Van Phat Hung Co., LTD.|
Category: Commercial Property
City: Ho Chi Minh
|5. Hoang Phat Vissai Group|
Category: Building Materials
City: Ninh Binh Province
|6. QNCC JSC.|
Category: Building Materials
City: Ha Long, Quang Ninh
The Arab Spring uprisings have given Al-Qaeda new arenas in which to rebuild, increasing the chances of home-grown terrorist attacks in Britain, the head of its domestic intelligence agency warned Monday.
File photo shows armed police standing guard near Hyde Park Corner, during a security alert in central London.
Instability in the region had created "a permissive environment for Al-Qaeda", Jonathan Evans, director general of MI5 said in a lecture in London on Monday.
There was evidence British "would-be jihadis" were travelling in search of training and opportunities for militant activity, he added.
"Some will return to the UK and pose a threat here," he said. "This is a new and worrying development and could get worse as events unfold."
"We will have to manage the short-term risks if there is to be a longer-term reward from the Arab Spring," he added.
Al-Qaeda's influence was shifting away from Afghanistan and Pakistan and towards Yemen, Somalia and the Sahel, said Evans.
"We appear to be moving from a period of deep and focused threat to one where the threat is less monolithic but wider," he added.
In 2005, four home-grown militants killed 52 people in coordinated suicide attacks on London's transport system.
The security chief also highlighted the "astonishing" rise in criminal and state-backed cyber-attacks on the state and on British businesses.
One attack had cost a listed company £800 million ($1,246 million) in potential revenues, he revealed.
"Vulnerabilities in the Internet are being exploited aggressively not just by criminals but also by states," he said. "The extent of what is going on is astonishing.
"This is a threat to the integrity, confidentiality and availability of government information but also to business and to academic institutions," he stressed.
With London hosting the Olympic Games in July and August, security has become an increasingly important issue in Britain.
Evans acknowledged the threat, but added: "The Games are not an easy target and the fact that we have disrupted multiple terrorist plots here and abroad in recent years demonstrates that the UK as a whole is not an easy target for terrorism."
|< Prev||Next >|
» Canada train 'al-Qaeda plot' suspects challenge case
» US faces new challenges
» Philippe Verdon: French Mali hostage 'killed' by al-Qaeda
Latest Category Posts
- Millions of moths mass on Madrid
- Robot that runs like a cat springs to life in Switzerland
- Putin and Obama set to spar over Syria arms at G8
- Thousands march through Moscow against Putin
- US intel leak sparks fierce Internet freedom debate
- Spanish care home worker killed 11 elderly people
- Shock as Greece shuts down public broadcaster
- New suspected cases of coronavirus reported in France
- Russia would consider asylum for US whistleblower
- Germany steps up evacuations along flood-hit river
Random Category Picks
Popular Category Posts
- Italy to swear in new coalition government
- Italian president Napolitano sworn in for unprecedented second mandate
- Dozens die in Russia psychiatric hospital fire
- Spain's unemployment rate climbs to record high
- Spain's population shrinks as immigrants flee economic crisis
- Japan PM Abe in Russia for talks on territorial row, energy
- 'No plans to withdraw' UK diplomats from North Korea
- France allows gay marriage, adoption amid criticism
- Portugal budget: PM Passos Coelho seeks alternative cuts
- Most European gays still afraid and threatened
- Italy's named PM vows to form slimmed-down gov't
- Italy robbers in motorway ambush on security vans
- Italy court upholds Berlusconi tax fraud conviction
- Europe approves Boeing 787 battery design change
- Enrico Letta set to become Italy's new prime minister
- Thousands of HMRC staff due to strike over job cuts
- Spanish treasury raises 4.57 bln euros in bond auction at lower costs
- Putin defends Russia's record on freedom of speech
- Fracking 'not significant' cause of large earthquakes
- HIV spread in England 'can be halted within generation'