Sky News is reporting that Security sources have told Sky News more than 400 former fighters are now believed to be back in Britain.
UK authorities are facing an increased terror threat from battle-hardened fighters returning from Mosul and other conflict zones in Iraq and Syria.
The authorities are said to believe there is a growing risk the UK could suffer the kind of mass gun and bomb attacks seen in France and Belgium recently.
There are thought to be more than 400 returning, battle hardened, fighters who have been trained in the use of weapons and the construction of improvised explosive devices.
Some 12,000 military weapons were discovered in Spain a few days ago. If we assume that not all batches of smuggled weapons are found, we could find ourselves with a small army to tackle. Not just a lone-wolf with a car and a knife!
Former Scotland Yard Specialist Firearms Officer and author Tony Long said combating an attack launched by a well-trained returning jihadist could be a tough prospect.
It has long been the view of a number of well-connected friends of mine, that the attacks that we see form time to time commited by individuals or small groups, though there actions are clamimed by larger organsiation like ISIS, are infact not really the fight that ISIS and other jahadist groups are planing.
ISIS have very little interest in killing one policeman, for even a few dozen people here or there. ISIS want to take territory. Islam, in their eyes, is a concerning religion, that is to take over Europe.
Tony Long says “These are combat-hardened soldiers. They might not be trained in the way that NATO might train their soldiers but they’ve seen more close quarter conflict and more urban fighting than probably most members of the British Armed Forces and you have to respect that.
“Of course they’re bringing that knowledge back with them to the UK and it’s very very difficult because of the legal restrictions that are put on the security services and the police to actually monitor all of these people.”
It is very possible that Britain has a very real growing militant Islamic army growing here in our very midst.
Some returning Islamist fighters are being jailed, for example, Imran Khawaja, 29, from west London, is currently serving 12 years in prison after he faked his own death in Syria in an attempt to sneak back into the UK undetected. Among other things, Imran was pictured posing with the severed heads of Syrian soldiers during his six months in the country. What of the fighters who decided against posing for pictures?
Imran was arrested as he tried to re-enter the UK through the port of Dover and later admitted preparing for acts of terrorism, attending a camp, receiving training and possessing firearms.