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July 7, 2011

Islamist Terrorism: The British Connections

Robin Simcox
Hannah Stuart
Houriya Ahmed

Islamist Terrorism: The British Connections expands upon the scope of the 1st edition, presenting the most comprehensive ever overview of the UK’s links to Islamism-inspired terrorism worldwide.

Despite the assassination of Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda and al-Qaeda inspired terrorism remains the biggest threat to the UK’s national security. The report profiles nearly 140 Islamism-inspired terrorist convictions and attacks in the UK, spanning the years 1999 to 2010. It outlines the links these individuals had to terrorist groups; their nationality and ethnic origin; their age, hometown, occupation and education; which other radical Islamists they were connected to; what legislation the government used to jail them; and much more. The data is statistically analysed to show which trends exist among radical Islamists.

Islamist Terrorism also shows how Britain’s links to Islamism-inspired terrorism are almost two decades old. The report profiles over 100 other incidents committed abroad since 1993 connected to Britain. These include terrorist convictions, terrorist training, suicide attacks and extraditions. This report proves how great a threat violent Islamism poses to the world – and the fact that Britain is at the centre of this global struggle.

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Robin Simcox

About Robin Simcox

Robin Simcox is a Research Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society, where he specialises in al-Qaeda and al-Qaeda inspired terrorism. He is the co-author of both editions of 'Islamist Terrorism: The British Connections' and several other reports broadly focussed on national security, terrorism and al-Qaeda and al-Qaeda affiliated movements across the world. Simcox has written for the likes of the Wall Street Journal, New Republic, Guardian, Weekly Standard, Spectator, Huffington Post and Daily Telegraph and regularly appears across a broad variety of media outlets, including the BBC, Fox News, Sky News, Channel 4 and al-Jazeera. He has spoken on a variety of platforms, including the British Parliament, US Special Operations Command and the European Parliament.

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Hannah Stuart

About Hannah Stuart

Hannah Stuart is a Research Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society and has authored reports on extremism, terrorism and jihadist ideology as well as religious law and the role of religion in the public sphere. Hannah has a strong research record and her work has informed UK government policy. She gave testimony to the UK Home Affairs Select Committee on radicalisation. She has written analysis for the Wall Street Journal, The Times, Foreign Policy, Current Trends in Islamist Ideology, and the Guardian, among others. Hannah has a MA in International Studies and Diplomacy (with Distinction) from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and a BA in English Literature from the University of Bristol.

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Houriya Ahmed

About Houriya Ahmed

Houriya Ahmed is a Non-Resident Associate Fellow at the HJS.

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