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Defeating Terrorism and the Price of Victory As Britain slowly begins to recover from the shock and enormity of four horrific terror attacks carried out over a matter of weeks, at Westminster, Manchester, London Bridge and then Finsbury Park, we've once again been forcibly reminded of the continual need for vigilance in order to protect us from those intent on destroying our way of life through the medium of extreme violence. In the last ten years there has been a five-fold increase in the number of deaths caused by global terrorism. Europe's issues with extremism are multifaceted and complex in nature. Terror arrests are at a record high in the UK and the tendency by politicians and policy-makers to focus on responsive and seemingly ill-thought out solutions to these complex threats, provides little by way of comfort. Since 1970, the UK has faced the most deaths as a result of terrorism in Western Europe - totalling 3,395. One report from the British intelligence services indicates that there are as many as 23,000 radical Islamic terrorists living within our shores and the head of Europol reported that there were 142 failed, foiled or completed terrorist attacks in eight European states in last year, more than half of them in the UK. e most prolific current threat to the UK is from Islamist extremist terrorism, and in particular ISIS whose recruits are not only corrupted by religious ideology but also by an image of war between the west and Islam. Al Qaeda and its affiliates pose a lesser albeit an equally potent threat but in both cases, they are recruiting heavily from secular schools, colleges, mosques and via the internet. Additionally, there's an increasingly worrying new recruiting trend emerging: criminality, incarceration and radicalisation in prison. In Europe, 45 out of the last 79 terrorists profiled suggest they were radicalised in prison. According to an ISIS recruitment poster "Sometimes people with the worst pasts create the best futures." at may be so, but the ability to evade police capture and acquire firearms, cash and forged documentation are arguably equally attractive skills for would-be terrorist recruits. Confronting this, particularly within prison, is a very real challenge. Radical measures such as closing radical faith schools and shutting down mosques that allow hate preachers are similarly problematic, but arguably necessary. e greatest challenge to intelligence and police officers though, is trying to predict impending attacks. e nature of contemporary terrorist attack methods – and the frequent recruitment and radicalisation of individuals with no former criminal or threat history, makes such attacks exceptionally hard to predict. ey require little in the way of preparation and as the head of counter-terrorism, Mark Rowley, pointed out: if there's no intelligence that an attack is being planned, then the investigation is prioritised. Like every other developed country in the World, our public servants have only a finite number of resources. Given that he had some 500 similar investigations pending, out of 3,000 suspects from terrorism hotlines, it's easy to see why the warnings of the local religious community and family members of the Manchester suicide bomber, Salman Abedi were not enough to enable the police and security services to keep him under persistent surveillance. e head of the Metropolitan Police, Cressida Dick, summed up the sentiment in a recent BBC interview when she explained her inability to "…keep 20,000 people under surveillance," let alone "tell what is going on in their minds". Despite this, the security services have managed to foil five attacks in the two months since the Westminster terrorist incident. e increasing regularity with which this extreme form of evil continues to re-occur, and the horrific consequences of such attacks – suggest the terrorists are succeeding and reinforces why terrorism is such an potent policy enforcement tool. But the right to life is a given and people don't deserve to live in fear. Evil may triumph, but our civilised societies can never allow it to conquer. True security will only be achieved if we combine all our resources – aid, diplomacy, our military prowess – in helping to achieve a more stable world. In today's world, so immediately interconnected as it is, we cannot turn a blind eye and assume that there will not be a cost for us if we do. As the terrorists continue to watch, learn and attack us where we are weak, it's impossible to quantify that cost. It may be counted in lives, or in loss of civil liberties, but as Sun Tzu wrote in e Art of War: 'Victory is reserved for those who are willing to pay its price.' Chris Hunter is an author, Counter-IED Consultant and former Special Forces Bomb Disposal Operator. He was seconded to Britain's COBRA during the July 2005 London bombings as a suicide terrorism subject matter expert and he provides regular seminars to military and law enforcement personnel on Counter-Suicide Bomber Operations and Planning. He can be contacted by email at: For the full analysis piece, keep a look out on In an exclusive analysis for Security News Desk, Former Special Forces bomb disposal expert, counter-terror expert and author, Major Chris Hunter explores the causes and implications of the four recent UK terrorist attacks and provides insights on how something similar might be stopped in the future… Issue 25 THE NEWSPAPER FOR THE SECURITY INDUSTRY In this brand new feature, the team here at Security News Desk picks our favourite products over the past few months, and encourages readers to nominate theirs. • Read more – page 26 Product profile e government and private sectors must come together to fight global terror, and working with banks to tackle those funding it is a good place to start. Nick Kochan reports. • Read more – page 3 Counter terror Reporting from both the Milestone MIPS conference and then the IFSEC trade show, Holly Payne brings all the news and views from these shows. • Read more – page 8 and 9 Events FST Biometrics Following their award win in the SIA New Product Showcase for its IMID Access 4.0 biometric access control technology, Security News Desk speaks to FST Biometrics' Shahar Belkin. Issue sponsor 360 Vision and Navtech Radar have teamed up to create a new surveillance solution, we hear from the industry on how radar and video analytics can work together. To read the full feature, turn to page 18 Surveillance Following the recent global ransomware attacks on both corporations and government organisations, Sub Editor Francesca Seden asks how these attacks might be prevented in future. To read the full feature, turn to page 16 Cybersecurity

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