Although President Barack Obama hasn’t made any comments on news reports regarding the alleged plans Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to deploy 4,000 jihadists to wage urban warfare in Western nations and other warnings emanating from Europe, a report out of the United Kingdom is of major concern to military and law enforcement anti-terrorists in the United States.
British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said the prospect of ISIS or another terror group with the financial capability and the scientific ability to obtain nuclear weapons should be a very real concern for world.
According to the Homeland Security News Wire on Thursday, Fallon stated that it is paramount to closely monitor Islamist groups so that they are prevented from “get[ting] their hands on nuclear weapons.” He also said the United Kingdom is doing its part in the global war on terrorism by maintaining strict controls on the necessary technology that may be exported to other countries especially in the Middle East and North Africa.
Following Fallon’s speech about Great Britain’s own Trident nuclear weapons, he noted: “It is obviously a concern that we will see non-state actors with the finance and perhaps some of the technical know-how seeking to get hold of nuclear weapons.”
“That is why we maintain very strict export control criteria for the technologies involved and why we need to be on our guard,” Fallon added, according to the Homeland Security News Wire.
According to the Obama administration, the President is again hosting world leaders who are set to meet in Washington, D.C. later in the Spring for more discussions about how to prevent terrorists from obtaining and using nuclear weapons.
“This meeting will be the fourth one Obama is hosting since 2010. It’s amazing how these leaders — most of whom could be classified progressives — will talk and talk but there is no evidence all that talking leads to results,” said former anti-terrorism expert, Det. James Cannes (Ret.).
Meanwhile, the British Home Secretary Theresa May — who is in charge of law enforcement — has promulgated how her office is hardening targets after witnessing death and devastation as a result of the Brussels, Belgium Islamist attacks. While the politicians in the United States continue arguing about lax border security, Britain’s border police force has boosted the number of officers assigned to protect ports in Belgium and France and finally gotten the message an “enhanced searches of inbound tourist vehicles,” the News Wire states.
Ms. May confirmed that millions of pounds have been spent on armed police units to enhance their ability to respond to either a Paris-style attack (with terrorists using firearms) or a Brussels-type attack (suicide bombers) in the United Kingdom would also see forces outside London benefit,
May said that the United Kingdom must also “do more to counter the poisonous and repugnant narrative peddled by Daesh [ISIS] and expose it for what it is — a perversion of Islam, built on fear and lies.”