Britain warns of ‘real threat’ from ISIS regrouping in Afghanistan

British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson talks with journalist at the Pentagon. (File photo: Reuters)

Britain has issued a new warning that defeated extremists and militants driven out of Iraq and Syria are regrouping and organizing their cells in Afghanistan and are preparing for attacks that could target various parts of the world, including the United Kingdom.

The warning came from UK Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson who said on Sunday that his country and other European states are being threatened by extremists from Afghanistan-based branches of ISIS.

“What we see is a real threat posed by these groups to the UK and we’ve got to be acting as we are to ensure that we do not see future Manchester-style attacks,” Williamson told Sky News.

“We consistently see terrorist groups operating here in Afghanistan, (and) evidence of their links back not just to the United Kingdom but to the whole of continental Europe,” he added.

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