London’s Centre for Social Cohesion has just published a definitive, and meticulously researched, 535-page report, Islamist Terrorism: The British Connections.
From the report’s executive summary:
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 thatthere 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.
We’ll be watching closely to see if the findings of this empirically based report – on what represents the biggest threat to the UK’s national security – is covered, or even mentioned, by The Guardian.