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Islamist extremism remains dominant UK terror threat, say experts

In The News, 10 December 2019
Raffaello Pantucci, senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (Rusi), said the absence of fatal attacks in the last two years showed the security services were doing their job, rather than a lessening of the threat. “The absence of reporting around a terrorist group, or discussion around it, doesn’t mean the threat has gone away, it means the security forces are managing it in a more effective way. The hoopla around the far right is in a way because they didn’t have a grip on that threat. You’ve seen escalating number of arrests, escalating number of plot disruptions, because from their perspective when you disrupt a plot when it comes to a mature level, like building a bomb, that’s a late stage in the game.”

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Raffaello Pantucci
Senior Associate Fellow

Raffaello Pantucci's research focuses on terrorism and counter-terrorism as well as China's relations with its Western neighbours... read more