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Top Judge Warns of High Terror Threat

(AP) The threat of terrorism in Europe remains very high due to anger over the Iraqi war and the growing influence of North African groups linked to al-Qaida, a leading anti-terrorism judge warned Thursday. “The actual threat for Europe is high, very high indeed,” Jean-Louis Bruguiere, a top investigator of Islamic terrorism in France, told a press conference in Madrid. “The Iraqi conflict has nurtured the Islamic groups living in Europe,” he said, adding that Iraq also remains a magnet for the recruitment of Islamic extremists. Bruguiere said militants heading to Iraq are increasingly going with the goal to train, and then return to their home countries in Europe to plot attacks. He said that among the leading threats to Europe is an apparent effort by al-Qaida to unite terror trainees in Iraq with the militants in North Africa, especially Algeria’s Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat, better known by its French initials GSPC. “It’s a new generation and a new strategy” he said. “They have been in Iraq, they have received training and they can come back to Europe to commit attacks.” He specifically mentioned France as a target for the GSPC mostly because of France’s historical connection with North Africa followed by Spain and Italy. He warned about the alliance late last year between the GSPC and Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida network which is known as Al-Qaida in the Islamic North Africa. “It is a new organization and the first regional base of al-Qaida. Therefore, it poses a double threat, for the (North African) region and violence that could further break out in Europe,” he said. Bruguiere is a top investigative magistrate in France, a country that greatly strengthened its anti-terrorism laws after attacks by North African groups in France in the 1980s and mid-1990s. Bruguiere was in Spain to receive an award from a private Spanish-French friendship group for his efforts in the fight against terrorism.

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June 28, 2007 - Posted by | Blogroll, news, personal, politics, random, religion, Terrorism, Terrorism In The U.S., Terrorism News, Uncategorized, War-On-Terror

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