UK Spy Chief: Arab Spring Creates ‘Permissive Environment’ For Al Qaeda In Middle East
When the President of the United States and al Qaeda both praise the Arab Spring, something is seriously wrong …
“(CBS/AP) LONDON – Britain’s spy chief has warned that the Arab Spring, which has shifted the power from several long-time autocrats in the Middle East, is also creating an opening for al Qaeda to move back into countries where Islamic militancy was born.
Not so long ago, 75 percent of the terror threats prioritized by British spy agency MI5 had links to Afghanistan or Pakistan. But Britain’s efforts, along with those of its international partners, have brought that percentage down to below 50 percent, MI5 Director General Jonathan Evans said in a Monday speech in London.
Evans warned that the international terrorist threat is no longer ‘monolithic,’ with al Qaeda affiliates in Yemen, Somalia and across north Africa becoming, ‘more dangerous as al Qaeda in Pakistan has declined.’
Although the Arab Spring revolutions have brought about radical political changes in some countries, they have also brought fresh opportunities for al Qaeda affiliates to seek refuge.
Evans said the Arab Spring has once again made parts of the Arab world a ‘permissive environment for al Qaeda.’” Read more.
Flashback: Al-Qaeda Plants Its Flag in Benghazi, Libya – ‘Whomever Speaks Ill of This Flag, We Will Cut Off His Tongue’ – “Earlier this week, I went to the Benghazi courthouse and confirmed the rumors: an al Qaeda flag was clearly visible; its Arabic script declaring that ‘there is no God but Allah’ and a full moon underneath. When I tried to take pictures, a Salafi-looking guard, wearing a green camouflage outfit, rushed towards me and demanded to know what I was doing. My response was straightforward: I was taking a picture of the flag. He gave me an intimidating look and hissed, ‘Whomever speaks ill of this flag, we will cut off his tongue. I recommend that you don’t publish these. You will bring trouble to yourself.’” Read more.