MI5 Today

Looking at MI5 Today

As the Cold War came to an end, terrorist threats from Northern Ireland and states such as Colonel Qadhafi's Libya became priorities for MI5. Major reforms were put in place and the Service gained its first female Director General. The rise of Islamist terrorism at the end of the 1990s, culminating in the 9/11 attacks in 2001, led to major changes in the way MI5 operated.


How MI5 tackled the threats from the Provisional IRA and state-sponsored terrorism 

How MI5 adjusted to a new era of counter-terrorism work

The story of MI5's transition from counter-espionage to counter-terrorism

MI5 and the response to the threat of terrorism from extremist Islamist groups

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We are saddened to announce that Sir Patrick Walker, Director General of MI5 between 1988-1992, died on 13 October...

October is Black History Month - an annual celebration of the history and contributions of Black people in the UK. MI5...

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