MI5 Identify 23,000 Islamic Extremists in the UK

UK intelligence service MI5, which focuses on domestic threats, has revealed a staggering 23,000 potential jihadists are now being monitored. This is the first time such a large number has been publicly admitted, and follows the Manchester suicide bomb attack which targeted children at a pop concert. Twenty two have died so far.

Whitehall sources disclosed the huge task now facing counter-terrorism agencies, presenting extreme difficulty and spiralling costs. MI5 has faced criticism for not preventing the Manchester attack, and this disclosure goes some way to explain how jihadists can still slip through the net. MI5 currently has around 500 active investigations involving 3,000 suspects. These figures alone are intimidating, but the additional 20,000 “residual” suspects present a colossal challenge to security services.

With apparently no concrete government action being taken to deal with this threat to national security, there is currently no respite in sight. While deportation, tagging and other options are being discussed by the public on social media, Prime Minister Theresa May has given no indication any bold steps will be taken to turn back this evil tide.

While 23,000 extremists have been identified so far, the true number could be many more.

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3 thoughts on “MI5 Identify 23,000 Islamic Extremists in the UK

  1. It appears that the most successful of the terrorist attacks has been wrought by ones who would be among the 20,000 rather than the smaller group that’s being monitored more closely. That’s not a confidence builder.

    1. That’s a very good point Gloria. So the task of preventing future attacks is huge. 23,000 is equivalent to a quarter of the British Army. The scale of this problem has obviously been surpressed.

  2. ‘With apparently no concrete government action being taken to deal with this threat to national security, there is currently no respite in sight. While deportation, tagging and other options are being discussed by the public on social media, Prime Minister Theresa May has given no indication any bold steps will be taken to turn back this evil tide.’

    This is my real concern. Not a single one I’ve heard within the government seems to be making any move toward putting a stop to this. It’s extremely troubling. The UK government is failing miserably in what should be a top priority for them.

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