Jihadists are 'hiding in plain sight' among migrants, head of the Armed Forces says
Foreign jihadists fleeing from Isil's shrinking caliphate are “hiding in plain sight” in migrant flows, the head of the Armed Forces has warned.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach said he was concerned about the global reach of Isil’s ideology and the prospect that internet radicalised copycat terrorists could pop up around the world.
Chief of the Defence Staff also said Britain had entered a new era of “state on state competition” with nations such as Russia and China.
In his first Christmas lecture at the Royal United Services Institute, he said the international consensus which had maintained peace and security since 1945 was now under challenge.
Sir Stuart said he was worried about the global reach of Isil, also known as Daesh, and the threat from “copycats, using the internet, more than the internet, using social media, popping up all over the world”.
He said the fact that China had admitted it had a problem with jihadists underlined the global nature of the threat.