On the heels of President Donald Trump’s declaration that ISIS has been defeated in Syria, the British government is warning that Al-Qaeda has reorganized and presents a growing threat, particularly with regard to airliners and airports, according to The Independent.
Wallace further warned that the “aviation threat is real” and continues to represent “a blue riband event for these terrorists.”
“Al-Qaeda are resurgent. They have reorganised. They are pushing more and more plots towards Europe and have become familiar with new methods and still aspire to aviation attacks.”
“Al-Qaeda sat quietly in the corner and tried to work out what the 21st century looked like, while Isis became the latest terrorist boy band, but they have not gone away.
“They have reorganised. You’re seeing al-Qaeda appear in areas we thought were dormant.”
The terrorist group is currently active in Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya and other countries in the Middle East with Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden‘s former deputy, still acting as its spiritual head, The Independent said.
Speaking to The Sunday Times, Mr Wallace said improvements in airport security meant terrorists were less likely to smuggle explosive through terminal security systems:
“They have explored other ways of getting bombs on planes. We’ve talked publicly about an insider threat issue. If you can’t get in the front door, you’re going to try to get in the back door,” the minister said.
Drones also present a serious threat in future terrorist attacks, according to U.K. intelligence:
The paper reports that security sources say sketches of drones designed to deliver bombs were discovered during a recent terrorist investigation in the UK.
British businesses have also been warned that Islamist terrorists are seeking to mount attacks using a drone armed with explosives or chemicals.
British officials are concerned that Trump’s decision to pull out of Syria will lead to a resurgence of terrorist activity by creating a new safe haven in the region.
The president’s decision reportedly came as a shock to U.K. officials as much as Americans, as they became aware of the plan only when Trump tweeted about it on Wednesday.