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UK says al-Qaeda is resurgent, plans to target airports and airliners

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Al-Qaeda is resurgent and is planning new terrorist activity targeting airports and airlines, the UK’s security minister ben Wallace said on Saturday.

Wallace added that the government is putting £25 mln into a research program for defense from “insider threats” and new kinds of explosions, including “explosive-packed drones”.

“The aviation threat is real. Aviation is still a blue riband event for these terrorists. Al-Qaeda are resurgent. They have reorganized. They are pushing more and more plots towards Europe and have become familiar with new methods and still aspire to aviation attacks,” he said in an interview with The Sunday Times.

He added that the decline of ISIS has given the terrorist group a renewed space.

“In 2019, we should be alert to al-Qaeda. They are re-energizing some previous links and support and their ambition towards aviation is real. We saw in Australia that terrorists do what works and they don’t give up,” he said referring to a failed attack against an Australian airliner in 2017.

The minister also said that he was concerned with US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of Syria, which he says will give the terrorists a safe haven there.