#1239474: Britain's Top Soldier Warns Of Russian Threats
General Mark Carleton-Smith (pictured), the head of the British army, has said that Russia was now a "far greater threat" to the UK's national security than the Islamic State (IS) terror group, the media reported on Saturday 24th November.
In his first interview since being appointed Chief of the General Staff in June, Gen Carleton-Smith said Russia was "indisputably" a bigger threat than Islamic terrorist groups like Al Qaeda and IS, the BBC reported.
"Russia has embarked on a systematic effort to explore and exploit Western vulnerabilities, particularly in some of the non-traditional areas of cyber, space, undersea warfare," he said.
"We cannot be complacent about the threat Russia poses or leave it uncontested."
The 54-year-old former SAS commander led the search for slain Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden following the September 11, 2001, terror attacks and was at the forefront of Britain's role in the campaign to combat the IS in Iraq and Syria.
|Date added||Dec. 7, 2018, 10:23 a.m.|
|Source||Cyber Security Intelligence|