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Prime Minister David Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron said he will put an additional £2 billion to tackle terrorism…reports Asian Lite News 

Prime Minister David Cameron
Prime Minister David Cameron

The prime minister was addressing the attendees at Lord Mayor’s Banquet in London.

The prime minister also announced the government will hire almost 2,000 extra spies as part of its effort to combat the threat from terrorism.

 

“We have seen how vital drones are in the fight against ISIL so with this extra money we are doubling our fleet of drones,” the prime minister said. “ We know we need the ability to carry out airstrikes so this money will provide for more fighter aircraft. We want to increase the capabilities of our brilliant Special Forces. So there will be a £2 billion programme of new investments over this Parliament.

“We will maintain our continuous at-sea nuclear deterrent,” the prime minister added. “And we will also invest in a new generation of cyber defences to block and disrupt attacks before they can harm our United Kingdom.”

Earlier he has revealed British intelligence agencies have prevented seven terrorist attacks on Britain in the last six months. Downing Street said one of the attacks that had been prevented was stopped in the last two months.

The prime minister told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme a Paris-style attack could happen in the UK and it meant Western intelligence agencies would have to go “back to the drawing board” to examine how to tackle the threat.

“This is the struggle of our generation. This disease of Islamist extremist violence, this perversion of the religion of Islam that is being carried out by this minority, is a challenge we will have to face with everything we’ve got,” he said.

Cameron said the attacks stopped in Britain were planned on a “smaller scale” than what happened in Paris on Friday but warned it was a “very dangerous world”.

“We have been aware obviously of these cells operating in Syria that are radicalising people in our own countries, potentially sending people, back to carry out attacks,” he said.

“Those attacks in Paris, it could have happened in Belgium, it could have happened in Denmark, it could have happened in Sweden, it could happen here.”

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