Spies target cities where Muslim youths are being radicalised

LONDON (AFP) – Britain is to deploy teams of intelligence officers and surveillance experts in cities where it is feared that extremists are radicalising Muslim youth, it was reported.

Islam / Islamism

Islamism is a totalitarian ideology adhered to by Muslim extremists (e.g. the Taliban, Wahhabis, Hamas and Osama bin Laden). It is considered to be a distortion of Islam. Many Islamists engage in terrorism in pursuit of their goals.

Adherents of Islam are called “Muslims.” The term “Arab” describes an ethnic or cultural identity. Not all Arabs are Muslims, and not all Muslims are Arabs. The terms are not interchangeable.

The internal security service, M15, will fan officers out from its London HQ in a bid to snuff out any incipient terrorist threats within the urban Muslim communities, the Times said, citing “government sources”.

It is hoped the scheme will greatly improve cooperation between special police services and counter-espionage officers.

Teams of intelligence officers will be discreetly deployed in several towns in northwest England within the next couple of months, the paper added.

“The scale of the terrorist threat is such that MI5 and the police need to be able to work together even more closely, which means that the Security Service must be dispersed in a different way, to be able to respond rapidly to any particular activity,” an official told the paper.

The government is also seeking powers to detain suspects longer without charge, according to a senior legal official quoted in the article.

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July 12, 2003

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