The UK government recently published Global Britain In a Competitive Age: the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy. One of the most alarming nuggets in the review is a warning that Britain could be targeted by a “dirty bomb” in the next decade.
Earlier this month Boris Johnson’s government published a complete review of its defence and foreign policy.
The headlines were taken by the decision to reduce the British Army to 70,000 soldiers – the smallest it has ever been – to increase nuclear warheads and to task a Royal Navy ship with the protection of undersea cables.
But buried in the report was this sentence: “It is likely that a terrorist group will launch a successful CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) attack by 2030.”
Mr Lowe said MI5 and the Metropolitan Police’s counter-terrorism officers keep a very close eye on potential terrorists and he said it would need an epic failure, of the kind which failed to spot the efforts being made by al-Qaeda in the run-up to the 9/11 attack, for the security forces to miss a dirty bomb plot in Britain.
He said: “The big difference is that there were warnings before 9/11 which were ignored. We don’t ignore warnings now.”
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