The Taliban’s takeover has sparked worries of domestic terrorism, which “thousands in the United Kingdom celebrate as a success.”
Chris Phillips, a terrorism expert, has warned that the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan may empower Islamists in the United Kingdom.
The Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, according to the former chief of the national counter-terrorism security bureau, could encourage terrorists in the UK to carry out strikes. Mr Chris Phillips cautioned that Al-Qaeda and ISIS in Afghanistan did not need to “export” terrorists to the United Kingdom. On TalkRADIO, he said that thousands of people in the UK already perceive the Taliban’s growth as a “success” and may be driven to perform terrorist acts.
“ISIS and Al-Queda have always seen this as a very long game,” Mr Phillips said on TalkRADIO.
“They want their caliphate to spread across the West and the world over a long period of time; they don’t envision it happening in a generation, but over several generations.
“They perceive this as a win all around the world,” he added.
“Of course, this emboldens all the people we already have in the UK.
“They don’t have to export it to us right now.”
“We have thousands of people in the UK that regard this as a win right now.
“And they might decide to attack us from within.”
It comes after Pakistan’s National Security Adviser, Dr. Moeed Yusuf, warned that if western countries turn their backs on Afghanistan, another “9/11” could occur.
“What do you think would happen if there is no money in Afghanistan, if there is no governance, if ISIS-K and Al-Qaeda and others take root?” Dr. Moved Yusuf told Sky News on Sunday.
“The perils of desertion, which began in the 1990s, resulted in a breakdown of law and order, as well as a breakdown of security,” he added.
“There were international terrorists who established themselves, an economic catastrophe, and a governance issue…
“At the end of the day, there was September 11th.”
Meanwhile, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace warned last week that as UK and US soldiers leave Afghanistan, the situation will become more “volatile.”
“We always felt there would be a risk of things escalating as we left in general terms,” Mr Wallace said on BBC Breakfast on Friday.
“Someone would have wanted to declare they had kicked us all out, gain the media attention, and ISIS.”Brinkwire Summary News”.