Obama sends CIA team to UK to investigate 'Islamists'

It is unusual for the CIA to send a team to investigate the country’s closest ally since the US normally relies on information from MI5 and MI6 for intelligence within the UK.

Obama sends CIA team to UK to investigate 'Islamists'

World Bulletin / News Desk

US President Barack Obama has sent a special CIA unit to interrogate senior British security experts on Islamists in the United Kingdom. The move is seen as a snub of Britain’s MI5 and MI6 intelligence agencies.

It is unusual for the CIA to send a team to investigate the country’s closest ally since the US normally relies on information from MI5 and MI6 for intelligence within the UK. 

“The US is worried about the British situation. They fear there might be a knock-on effect for them,”Professor Anthony Glees, of the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies at Buckingham University, said to the Daily Mail.

“The throat-cutting between Sunnis and Shias in Iraq and Syria has not yet spread to the UK, but it is a real threat. It is conceivable you could see Shia ‘hit squads’ in Britain targeting Sunnis preparing to go out to the conflict zones to fight.”

“The Americans regard the UK as a disaster because of our lax stance on immigration which has allowed this militancy to take hold,” Glees added.

“Frankly, they would not be doing their jobs properly if it did not do this – forming an objective view of the situation outside of the reports they get from MI5 and their officers at the US Embassy in London.”

Sources from the American spy agency told the Daily Mail that the CIA feels British efforts to provide a reliable assessment of the threat posed by and identify Islamists have been inadequate. 

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