Saturday 3 December 2016

Islamic State takes the threat of terror to whole new level

Paul Williams

Published 13/01/2016 | 02:30

This conflict has become a global war which is not only fought on the battle fields of Iraq and Syria, but also in the ethereal world of cyberspace
This conflict has become a global war which is not only fought on the battle fields of Iraq and Syria, but also in the ethereal world of cyberspace

Islamic State's terror threat against the civilised world has forced security services across the globe to throw out the international counter-terrorism manual and begin writing a new one from scratch.

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Even when considered against the backdrop of the mass murders perpetrated by al Qaeda in New York, London and Madrid - incredible as it may seem - Isil has somehow managed to take their particular brand of terror to a new unprecedented level.

This mass of brainwashed nihilistic zombies have introduced to the world a unique type of indiscriminate savagery where now no city and no country can consider itself exempt. And unfortunately, even though we are the furthest island nation off the European continent and a neutral, benign nation, we too must consider ourselves potential targets of the jihadists. Which is why our entire security apparatus - especially the intelligence agencies and special forces units attached to the Gardai and Defence Forces - are on constant alert.

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