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UK Defense Budget Invests in Anti-ISIL Chemical Weapons Defense

Sputnik News

21:29 23.11.2015

Announcing its five year defense budget, the UK government said that some groups such as ISIL and al-Qaeda will try to carry out attacks using chemical, biological and radiological weapons.

The UK's intelligence services have prevented at least seven terror attempts on the country in the last 12 months, and are preparing for more attempts by terrorist groups such as the Islamic State and al-Qaeda to carry out attacks.

'Passenger aircraft remain a primary target for some terrorist groups,' said the UK government in its new five-year Strategic Defence and Security Review, published on Monday.

'Some groups, especially ISIL and Al Qa'ida, will also try to acquire chemical, biological and radiological capabilities.'

Presenting the 'National Security Strategy' to the British parliament on Monday, Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to increase defense spending to meet the NATO target of two percent of GDP, and spend £178 billion ($270 billion) over the next decade on equipment and equipment support.

Cameron highlighted extra investment in counter-terrorism, including up to 10,000 military personnel who 'will be available to support the police in dealing with the type of shocking terrorist attack we have seen in Paris.'

The British government estimates that approximately 800 British nationals have traveled to Syria to take part in the conflict there since it began, and many have joined ISIL or other terrorist groups.

'A large proportion were previously unknown to the police and security agencies. Of those who are known to have traveled about half have returned. Some of these, and many of those who remain in Syria, pose a threat to our security,' the government stated on Monday.


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