Abu Qatada symbolised an era of British jihadism that relied on radical preachers to motivate a generation of terrorists. His departure, alongside a general degradation of al Qaeda's capacity to launch large-scale orchestrated plots from Waziristan marks an end of an era that had its peak during the 7 July 2005 attacks on London.
The West has moved towards a ‘remote control’ approach to international security based on the avoidance of direct, visible engagement. Whether this trend will enhance international security remains to be seen
The vivid and disgusting images witnessed in Woolwich come not necessarily from the pages of Al-Qa'ida's Inspire magazine, but out of rap videos shot in South-East London. Here is an environment that combines the urban disaffection with perceived certainties from Islam.
While greater numbers of helicopters and armoured vehicles are needed in Afghanistan, what British soldiers at the front want most are reinforcements to make operational success more certain and the political benefits more long-lasting.
Recidivism rates would suggest that Guantanamo has proven an effective experiment in criminal rehabilitation. But an examination of the statistics when compared to recidivism rates for US criminals, who receive greater transparency and supervision of re-entry into civilian life, points strongly to the innocence of released Guantanamo suspects.
The cross-party Intelligence and Security Committee Review is critical of MI5 record keeping after it reveals that the 7 July bombing ringleader had featured in surveillance more often than was previously thought, though he was never identified as a priority. Though the committee attributes this shortcoming to an overstretched Security Service, it will not do much to subdue calls for a wide-...