The Special Risks to Britain from the Jihadist Takeover of Afghanistan

By Kyle Orton (@KyleWOrton) on 10 September 2021

Members of a Taliban Red Unit in the Alingar District of Laghman province in Afghanistan, 2020 || Image credit: Jim Huylebroek, The New York Times

The restoration of the Taliban-Qaeda regime in Afghanistan is a terrorism threat to the whole world, but Britain has some unique vulnerabilities, as MI5 Director general Ken McCallum warned today.

The jihadist army that just captured Afghanistan is part of a broad, transnational network controlled by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Britain has long been a node in this ISI network. Masood Azhar, an ISI operative and United Nations-listed terrorist, toured Britain in 1993, fundraising and recruiting for the Kashmir jihad, while laying down local networks to continue the job. Some of these networks later defected to the Islamic State.

Azhar had created a template for “Londonistan” in the 1990s, where jihadists set up shop in London to provide resources to insurgencies in the Muslim world. There was a de facto agreement with the British state that so long as this activity was directed abroad, the jihadists would not be interfered with. This agreement held even when the London networks got mixed up in international terrorism. The price of this bargain was shown on 7 July 2005.

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1 thought on “The Special Risks to Britain from the Jihadist Takeover of Afghanistan

  1. pre-Boomer Marine brat

    The column is accurate, but there’s something else — Dawood Ibrahim and D-Company, the heroin trade helping Europe destroy itself, and ex-officio Pakistani assistance.

    While his wife was PM, there were serious allegations that Mr. Ten Percent was somehow involved with D-Company (perhaps only in protecting it.)

    Recently, Rana Sanaullah, a “Number Two” to the Sharif brothers was caught transporting a substantial quantity of heroin in his car. (I didn’t follow that through, but if it was in fact merely a set-up by the political opposition, the shoe was certainly sized to fit.)

    DAWN newspaper ran an editorial on 9/15/2021 which claimed that in 2000, the prior Taliban regime outlawed the growing of opium poppies. Yes, but … https://1997-2001.state.gov/www/regions/sa/facts_taliban_drugs.html … See the 4th section. The NY Times was suckered at that time. Is DAWN being too, at this late date?

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