2015-07-11 16:58:45 UTC
Ex-head of counter-terror: UK should lay on charter flights to Syria
Robert Quick says terrorist threat is greater than a decade ago and it
may be better for extremists to surrender passports and leave rather
Robert Quick, former Scotland Yard assistant commissioner, spoke to
the Guardian ahead of the anniversary of the 7 July London bombings.
Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images The threat of terrorist attacks
on the UK is greater than a decade ago and the government should
consider allowing those who want to live under the rule of Islamic
State to leave, Britains former head of counter-terrorism has said.
Robert Quick, who was a Scotland Yard assistant commissioner, told the
Guardian it may be better to have extremists surrender their passports
rather than having them fester in Britain.
His comments came as the UK prepares to mark the 10th anniversary of
the worst terrorist attack on Britain on 7 July 2005, in which 52
people were murdered and 750 injured when suicide bombers exploded
bombs on three tube trains and a bus in London.
From 7/7 to Isis: how the terrorist threat to the UK has evolved
The anniversary, which will be officially marked on Tuesday, has
provoked soul searching about Britains progress in fighting
terrorism. The rise of Islamic State has stretched counter-terrorism
investigators trying to stop attacks and prevent Britons going to
territory controlled by the militants.
About 700 Britons have fled to join the caliphate declared by Isis,
enforced by high levels of violence in Iraq and Syria.
Quick, who was head of special operations for Scotland Yard from
2008-09, said those wanting to go to Isis-controlled territory in the
two countries should have to hand their British passports in as they