One of the most prominent members of the Islamic State, British-born Junaid Hussain, believed to have been killed in a US air strike, had been encouraging and directing a series of plots against western targets, security sources have told the Guardian. One of the sources said Hussain, 21, who also went by the name of Abu Hussain al-Britani, was much more than just a computer hacker and was a key figure inside the movement. The source said that in terms of the threat posed he was high up the wanted list of Isis leaders. He is believed to have been involved in plots in the US and in the UK and elsewhere in Europe and his removal was significant. Earlier this year, Isis was generally regarded by western intelligence as a problem primarily for the Middle East, with the main risk of mass attacks still likely to come from al-Qaida. But that assessment has changed, with Isis now seen as being the driving force behind a series of plots including one in Belgium in January in which Kalashnikovs, explosives and police uniforms were uncovered as part of an alleged imminent attack on police. After the man known as “Jihadi John”, […]
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