London, Feb.4 (ANI): Britain could face "toxic cocktail" attacks from state-sponsored terrorists, extremist groups and criminal gangs, British military analysts have warned.
The Telegraph quotes a Ministry of Defence assessment of future conflicts and threats, as saying that the growth of communications technology and lax border controls will make it easier for enemy states or terrorist groups to trigger attacks within Britain.
The strategy document is at the heart of the defence green paper published yesterday, beginning a debate on the future size, structure and purpose of Britain's defence forces.
The document, The Future Character of Conflict, suggests that Britain's security has to be threatened at home and abroad.
As well as conventional threats from other states' armed forces, the analysts say that conflicts overseas will increasingly spread to the British "homeland".
It says: "The merging of state proxies, extremist ideologies and criminal interests into a toxic cocktail, along with the effects of globalisation, such as more porous borders, will make some non-state actors harder to counteract.
"They could employ a wide spectrum of military capabilities, albeit some at a limited scale, but they will nevertheless be capable of innovative tactics that exploit inherent UK vulnerabilities."
In particular, the paper highlights the role of social networking sites on the Internet, saying they make it easier for enemies abroad to trigger violence in other locations, including the UK.
"Social networks will become an important feature of future conflict, and conflict in one area may more easily ignite conflict in another," the paper says.
The review of future threats was conducted to help prepare for the full strategic defence review that both Labour and the Conservatives have promised after the general election. (ANI)