Islamist Terrorism: The British Connection

The Henry Jackson Society, the British-based think tank, is dedicated to “fostering a strong British and European commitment towards freedom, liberty, constitutional democracy, human rights, governmental and institutional reform and a robust foreign, security and defence policy and transatlantic alliance.” Its recent report, Islamist Terrorism: The British Connection , produced some striking findings and statistics. From the report, emphasis and bracketed comment mine:

1)      64% of offences [during the Oughts] were committed during the period between 2005 and 2007

2)      Two thirds of offences were perpetrated by British nationals

3)      46% resided in London

4)      28% attended terrorist training camps [which means, conversely, that 72% had no such outstanding marker in their history of travel or organizational ties]

5)      66% had no direct links to any organisations proscribed by the UK government

6)      18% were linked to al-Muhajiroun and 13% to al-Qaeda

7)      50% were of South-central Asian ancestry [a preponderance in numbers unavoidably noted, as is the reality that 50% were NOT of South-central Asian ancestry]

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