Al-Qaeda and al-Qaeda-inspired terrorism remains the biggest threat to the UK’s national security. The Security Service estimates that over 2,000 people in the UK pose a terrorist threat and in March 2005 it was estimated that there were up to 200 al-Qaeda-trained operatives in the UK. The British-based threat does not only affect the UK: a number of British Muslims have been convicted in foreign courts or have fought for (or trained with) terrorist or extreme Islamist groups abroad.
Islamist Terrorism: The British Connections aims to present an overview of Islamism-inspired terrorism with significant connections to the UK. The report is a collection of profiles of Islamism-inspired terrorist convictions and attacks in the UK between 1999 and 2009 and a statistical analysis is drawn from the data collected. The report also examines the scope of British-linked, Islamism-inspired terrorism threats worldwide since 1993, including convictions, training and suicide attacks
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