Britain to expand nearly 2,000 spies to fight againt ISIL
Nov 17, London: Britain is set to expand its domestic and international spy agencies with a recruitment of nearly 2,000 new intelligence agents in the wake of attacks in France and the middle-east.
British Prime Minister David Cameron made the announcement on Monday during the G20 summit in Turkey. He called on the states to work together to cut off financing to proscribed entities, particularly the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.
Speaking separately to BBC Radio 4, Cameron said that the attacks in Paris on Friday, which left 129 people dead and hundreds more wounded, could have happened elsewhere in Europe, and the threat posed by ISIL and its supporters was widespread, Al Jazeera reported.
He said that, "These extremists coming out of Syria and Iraq are radicalising our own citizens in our own countries, they want to cause the maximum damage to our countries and our way of life."
British officials have previously claimed to have foiled a number of ISIL-inspired plots against the UK within the last six months. The group, which controls large parts of Syria and Iraq, has repeatedly threatened the country and up to 600 British citizens are believed to have fought for the group.
The Oslo Times