Contributed by: filbert Friday, November 10 2006 @ 07:28 PM CST
LONDON – British authorities are tracking almost 30 terrorist plots involving 1,600 people, the country’s domestic spy chief said in remarks released Friday, warning that young British Muslims are at risk of being radicalized by extremists.
It was the first public estimate of the threat by the head of MI5, Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller, who said her agency and police are monitoring 200 cells actively engaged in plotting or aiding attacks in Britain and abroad.
More than a year after the suicide attacks on London’s transit system, Manningham-Buller predicted the fight against terrorism would last a generation.
“It is a sustained campaign, not a series of isolated incidents,” she said in a speech to a small audience of academics Thursday, according to a transcript released by the spy agency on Friday. “Radicalizing elements within communities are trying to exploit grievances for terrorist purposes.”
This war won’t go away if we just talk to the terrorists. They have made their demands perfectly clear.