British Say Al Qaeda Threat in Syria Threatens Homeland
Comstock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Great Britain is worried about what will happen if al Qaeda elements operating in Syria get access to the government’s stockpile of chemical weapons.
In fact, the British parliamentary intelligence and security committee (ISC) said in a report released Wednesday that these militants represent the most serious terrorist threat not just to Britain, but to its western allies as well.
The ISC stated in its findings, “There is a risk of extremist elements in Syria taking advantage of the permissive environment to develop external attack plans, including against western targets.”
Furthermore, the Syrian conflict is attracting radicalized elements from Britain and all over Europe, the report says.
The ISC believes 100 British Muslims have joined rebel groups in Syria and the chief fear now is that the expertise and experience they gain while working with al Qaeda “could significantly increase the threat posed when they return home.”
Meanwhile, the stockpiles of chemical agents that could presumably fall into the wrong hands include sarin, ricin, mustard gas and VX, described as “the deadliest nerve agent ever created,” according to the ISC.
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