Terrorism is something that has increased recently in the sense of how they attack the public and cause wide spread fear. Recent events like the London bridge and the Manchester suicide bomber at the Ariana Grande concert caused panic.

Since there has been an increase in security, surveillance and even terrorist attacks. There has also been an increased amount of acid attacks to happen in the midlands.

In the past three years the West midlands police have recorded that there has been at least 57 acid attacks.

This type of attack is very personal and often causes a lot of physiological damage for the victim due to the long-term physical damage it causes.

According to the Irish Times 142 people have lost their lives to terror attacks across Europe in 2016 in comparison to 2015 with over 148 deaths.

West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit (WMCTU) is one of the five teams across the country that partake in preventing terrorism attacks.

The organisation recently charged a 20-year-old man on the suspicion of terrorism offences. Detectives also searched his home in Walsall.

West Midlands police said that there was no threat to the public.

Some of what is incorporated into counter terrorism is military tactics, law enforcement, business and intelligence agencies use to combat or prevent terrorism. The movement also focuses on attempts to counter financing of terrorism.

There has been success with this with their quick response rate to the events that unfolded on the London Bridge and to track down any known associates of the event.

Dr Svetoslav Nenov International relations lecturer at Coventry University has said ‘While there haven’t been any direct terrorist attacks in Birmingham, the city has been recognized as one of the radicalization hubs in Europe. The perpetrator of the Westminster attack in March 2017, for example, was a part of a larger terrorist network based in Birmingham.’

When asked about methods on how to prevent terrorism attacks he said ‘First of all, it has to be noted that the current Government anti-terrorist strategy, Prevent, is fundamentally flawed. It doesn’t recognize the fact that radicalization is a long process that has specific socio-economic triggers, which are there before radicalization itself begins’

He discussed how most people radicalized people are young men with a criminal past with a lack of bond to their national identity.

He then went on to say ‘the focus should be shifted from radical Islam to the above-mentioned socio-economic problems that enable people to be radicalised – the current explicit focus on radical Islam is making the government’s Prevent strategy borderline Islamophobic.’

When asking him about why there has been an increase in terrorism attacks he said ‘ISIS might be collapsing as a geopolitical actor but its ideological appeal has been increasing over the past few years, even more so in the West.’

He then went on to say ‘There are large segments of the populations of EU countries and the US who feel left behind by neo-liberalism and who feel that the current system is unable to deliver change and/or better their lives in any conceivable change’.

On the topic of how terrorism has changed tactics he agreed that they’re effective because they’re easier to implement by the so called ‘lone-wolf’ terrorists.

He then finished and said ‘Self-radicalization is becoming a looming issue for counter-terrorism precisely because it has become so easy to carry out attacks like this, using easily accessible every day objects’



Angela Crocker


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