British intelligence reveals Iranian plans to carry out killings and kidnappings

  • Gordon Corera
  • Security Editor – BBC News

Ken McCallum

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British intelligence announced that it had detected 10 possible threats from Iran during the current year, noting that they include kidnappings and killings targeting Britons or residents of Britain.

Ken McCallum, head of the Home Intelligence Service (MI5), revealed the schemes in the annual Threats to Britain report.

McCallum stressed the need for Britain to be “ready to confront Russian aggression in the coming years.” But he noted that Moscow suffered a strategic setback after the mass expulsion of its spies around the world in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine.

And he warned that the biggest shift monitored by British intelligence is the threats from other countries “that are not ashamed of the tactics they use.”

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