March 23rd, 2009 in Breaking News, Commentaries
Whose the real threat? Gordon Brown or al-Qaida?
Brown warns of enduring al-Qaida threat to UK | Politics | guardian.co.uk.
Gordon Brown today warned that al-Qaida remains the biggest security threat to the UK, as he revealed that tens of thousands of civilians have been trained to deal with terrorist attacks as part of a new strategy to combat extremists.
Writing in the Observer, the prime minister previewed what he said was a “world-leading” counter-terrorist framework to be published on Tuesday. The immediate threat of terrorist attack justified a “relentless pursuit of terrorists and disruption of their plots”.
“We should be under no illusion that the biggest security threat to our country and other countries is the murderous agents of hate that work under the banner of al-Qaida,” he said.
Some 60,000 civilians, including shop managers and council workers, have been trained to cope with the threat.
“Today, not only the police and security and intelligence officers and our armed forces, but also the emergency services, local councils, businesses and community groups are involved in state-of-the-art civil contingency planning,” Brown said.
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