British Foreign Minister: Don’t Blame Actions Of Intelligence Services

People who act as “apologists” for terrorists are partly to blame for their actions, Britain’s foreign minister said Tuesday. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond was countering allegations by Muslim advocacy organization CAGE, which says heavy-handed attention from British spies helped radicalize Mohammed Emwazi, the Islamic State militant known as “Jihadi John.”

He strongly defended Britain’s intelligence services in a speech to a defense think tank, “It is only thanks to the dedication, and in many cases the brilliance, of our intelligence officers that we have succeeded to detect and contain these threats.” Britain’s intelligence services have been criticized for allowing Emwazi to slip their net and travel to Syria, even though he had been on their radar for years.

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