Blair increases London terror threat

Tony Blair's support for the American-led war on Iraq has helped increase the chances of a suicide attack in London, British security experts have said.

    London is a bigger terrorist target after the Iraq war

    According to a study by The Control Risk Group consultancy,

    London is more at risk from an

    attack by "Islamic extremists" than either New York or Washington

    .

    "London has become the pre-eminent terrorist target in Western

    Europe," said Jake Stratton, research director of the company's

     2004 RiskMap report. 

    Previously the "Islamic extremist threat" had been a "vague,

    undefined war against the West", he said.

    US ally

    "But in the last year Britain has reinforced its position in the

    eyes of the Islamic world as the major ally of the US."

     

    Another factor making an attack on London a "serious possibility" is Britain's large Muslim population, the report said.

    Blair is seen by many as 
    America's poodle

    The risk of an attack on London has now risen from "weak" to

    "average" since last year, while for the rest of Western Europe and

    the United States the risk remains low.

    The report

    speculates that a

     terrorist attack on the city would probably be in the form of

    a suicide attack either by an individual or a car bomb.

    Flawed invasion

    London, where Britain's political and economic power is

    concentrated, is a "very attractive target for Islamic extremists",

    Stratton said.

    The report will give ammunition to those who argue that Blair's reasons for invading Iraq were flawed.

    The prime minister said that removing Saddam Huseein from power would decrease the "terrorist" threat.

    But six months after the Iraqi president was toppled, anti-western sentiment is still running high all ovber the Muslim world.

    SOURCE: AFP


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