“These guys had the capability to hijack four passenger planes and have trained pilots. They could have taken out Canary Wharf and the Palace of Westminster.”
Posts Tagged: Al Qaeda
Michael Nazir-Ali: After the betrayal of democracy in Afghanistan, will other countries in the region ever trust the West again?
Sensing blood, the vultures are circling: ISIS is active already, and not only in the remoter parts of country.
Sarah Ingham: How much should we take from, say, the NHS budget to fund a unilateral mission in Afghanistan – if anything?
Regime change usually involves chaos, bloodshed and a humanitarian crisis. Has the Stop the War movement become Continue the Military Intervention?
Liam Fox: Why we took action in Afghanistan, the implications of this defeat – and what we should do next
We must make sure that the Taliban understand that we will respond with military means to any increased security threat against our citizens
Afghanistan and America 2) David Davis: The harsh truth is that we had no strategy – and fell back on supporting a corrupt state
We could have degraded Al Qaeda and then left. Or else pursued a proper counter-insurgency plan. Instead, we did neither.
Garvan Walshe: Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan may not be a strategic mistake, but it is a moral disaster.
Afghan security force members are being murdered. Girls’ schools are being shut down. Iran and Russia are weighing up a return to the quagmire.
Perhaps the answer is bound up with China – and our inability to focus on more than a single problem at once.
It should remain a basic principle that no Government commits British troops into a conflict zone before a full statement in the Commons.
Ministers believe that the present legal framework isn’t fit for purpose if prosecutions of returning terrorists are to be successful.
The only real hope that exists for lasting peace is to strengthen the Afghan government and its institutions, not undermine them.
Rashad Ali: In Syria, Iraq and, yes, Iran, there is rejoicing at the death of Solemani – terrorist and war criminal
The death toll that can be laid at his feet is far greater than that attributable to ISIS and Al Qaeda.
They have spent their lives attacking the people who risk their lives trying to protect us from evil and dangerous people. And they lie as they try to cover their tracks.
John Jenkins: Too many excuses are made for Iran – especially by the EU. We must get real, stand with America, and take decisive action.
I’m glad to see we’ve now had the guts to stop a tanker we believe is smuggling Iranian oil in defiance of sanctions on Syria.
She could give us invaluable insights into jihadi recruitment techniques, and if deradicalised become a valuable asset.
The Prime Minister faces a difficult afternoon – but will be aided by the unwillingess of Tory backbenchers to line up with Jeremy Corbyn.