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Mike's Ilford Recorder Column (8/9/2016)

Fifteen years ago this week aircraft hijacked by terrorists were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York, and into the Pentagon in Washington, USA.

Due to the selfless bravery of its passengers, a fourth plane crashed before it could be flown into the White House. Since then we have seen a global struggle, to defend democratic and secular values of tolerance, equality and respect.  

We have faced terrible terrorist outrages, in this country and elsewhere in Europe, in Turkey, in India, in Pakistan, in Bangladesh, in Africa, and elsewhere. The epicentre of the terrorist threat has moved from Al Qaeda in Afghanistan to the misnamed Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. But its tentacles and networks are global.  

When the House of Commons returned from recess this week I spent several hours in the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, considering a draft report on the very challenging situation in Libya. We also had a meeting of the Committee on Arms Export Controls which is looking at UK arms exports policy relating to Saudi Arabia and the civil war in Yemen.  Hundreds of gullible, naive or disturbed British young people have been groomed and gone to join the Daesh / Islamic State caliphate cult.

I welcome the outcome of the recent trial of Ilford resident  Anjem  Choudary and the belated removal of this poisonous evil man from our community. Our police, intelligence and security services deserve our congratulations and our continuing support.   

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