He bore the hallmarks of a trained and motivated operative, but it is unclear whether the Toulouse self-confessed terrorist, Mohammed Merah. was an Al-Qa'ida foot soldier. What is apparent is that that he was motivated by both the street-cool allure of extremism, and the grievances that are common to many young radicalised Muslims in the West.
Security for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will include the deployment of more than thirteen thousand military personnel joining police and private security teams. The Government revised the Games' security budget up from £282m to £553m in December last year. So what is the terror threat likely to look like? And will the operation be a hindrance to long-term UK counter-terrorism?
As of Wednesday, 4 July, the current threat level in the UK remains at Critical, having been raised to this, the highest of five possible levels, on Saturday 30 June following failed car bomb attacks on Central London and Glasgow Airport.
The failed terrorist bombings of London and Glasgow allow a collective sigh of relief. Initial analysis suggests that the bombs were viable and if detonated would have caused massive loss of life, injury and damage.