UK security and counter-terrorism

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Covid and Afghanistan ‘reveal weakness of UK’s security policy’
Cross-party MPs and peers say the response to the two crises has exposed system as inadequate

Michael Savage

18, Sep, 2021 @11:01 PM

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Shamima Begum says she wants to prove innocence in UK courts
Appearing in live TV interview from Syria detention camp, Begum says she ‘did nothing in Islamic State but be a mother and wife’

Dan Sabbagh Defence and security editor

15, Sep, 2021 @11:54 AM

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Tech firms not doing enough to fight terrorism, says Met police chief
Cressida Dick calls for more action to stop online radicalisation and questions push towards end-to-end encryption

Rajeev Syal Home affairs editor

13, Sep, 2021 @3:33 PM

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Lives lost, poverty, an arms race, rights destroyed … the continuing cost of 9/11
The US has now spent $8 trillion over 20 years in its response to the attacks. But the true price has been more than financial

Simon Tisdall

12, Sep, 2021 @6:30 AM

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MI5 chief: Taliban Afghan victory has boosted extremists
Ken McCallum says his agency has helped stop six ‘late-stage’ terrorist attacks during pandemic

Dan Sabbagh Defence and security editor

10, Sep, 2021 @10:58 AM

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The lesson we failed to learn from 9/11: peace is impossible if we don’t talk to our enemies | Jonathan Powell
We should have engaged with the Taliban 20 years ago, but we thought the winner takes all, says Tony Blair’s former chief of staff, Jonathan Powell

Jonathan Powell

10, Sep, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Islamism remains first-order security threat to west, says Tony Blair
In speech marking 20 years since 9/11 attacks, former British PM warns that non-state actors may turn to bio-terrorism

Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor

06, Sep, 2021 @9:15 AM

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The white supremacist student sentenced to read Austen and Dickens fits a grim pattern | Gaby Hinsliff
Young, angry men are falling down a rabbit hole of online radicalisation. The isolation of Covid will only make this worse, says Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff

Gaby Hinsliff

02, Sep, 2021 @2:20 PM

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UK and Taliban in talks over evacuations and terrorism prevention
Intelligence chief seeks assurances over Afghan helpers and that country will not become terrorist base

Dan Sabbagh Defence and security editor

31, Aug, 2021 @10:49 PM

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People posing ‘direct threat’ to UK found among potential Kabul evacuees
Six people on Britain’s ‘no fly’ list picked up in security checks in Kabul and Frankfurt

Dan Sabbagh

23, Aug, 2021 @9:30 PM

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UK security watchdog could demand access to intelligence on Afghan crisis
Intelligence and security committee ‘very likely’ to call in analysis after PM says swift Taliban takeover unforeseen

Rowena Mason Deputy political editor

21, Aug, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Streatham attack could have been prevented, inquest jury concludes
Sudesh Amman lawfully killed by undercover police but opportunity to prevent attack missed, jury finds

Matthew Weaver

20, Aug, 2021 @11:13 AM

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