>> Islamic State is using turmoil around Russia's bombing of Syria to plot deadly attacks against the UK, that according to the head of Britain's foreign intelligence service, MI6. The comments made during Chief Alex Younger's first major public speech since winning the top job in 2014. Watch as UK bureau chief, Guy Faulconbridge, was at the talk in London.
>> In the view of the British secret intelligence service, the Russians are complicating the situation on the ground in Syria because of their insistence on not associating themselves with any of the opposition. What the head of MI6 is saying is actually by doing that, and aligning yourself with the Alawite Assad regime, you are, in many ways, preventing the end of the Syrian civil war and allowing ISIS to continue with their battles.
>> Syria's civil war has become a theater for competing global powers. Russia and Iran supports its president, Bashar al-Assad. The US, Gulf, Arab and European powers, like Britain, back the rebels who want to depose him. There have been concerns that post-Brexit, with Trump being elected in the US, the Five Eyes intelligence gathering alliance could suffer.
>> And his answer was, actually, people are trying to attack us, people are trying to kill our people. In that situation, cooperation must continue. And that, actually, when you look at it, it's in the interests of all of the countries, whether you're in or outside the European Union, for that cooperation to continue.
But I sense he may have also been sending a little message there to his own bosses in the United Kingdom that, actually, security cooperation can not be a chip In the Brexit negotiations.>> There have been 12 foiled plots on British soil since June 2013. Younger says Britain now faces hybrid warfare from unidentified hostile states.
That means cyber attacks, propaganda, and the subversion of the democratic process.