The British government has reacted angrily to a new report that suggests its at particular risk from terrorism because of its support of the United States.
The study claims the UK’s role in the Iraq war has boosted recruitment for al-qaeda which is suspected of masterminding the London attacks. But Britain’s Foreign Minister, Jack Straw, says terrorism is now a global problem. “The time for excuses for terrorism are over, the terrorists have struck across the world, in countries allied with the USA, backing the war in Iraq and in countries which have nothing to do with the war.” The report was written by security experts Chatham House. One of its authors, Rime Allaf, says Britain has given low priority to international terrorism for years, which has allowed al-qaeda to flourish. It has emerged that one of the London bombing suspects was investigated by MI5 last year but was judged not to be a threat. Police in Pakistan, meanwhile, have detained eight people on suspicion of links with another suspect. The British government has reached an accord with opposition parties over the rapid introduction of new anti-terror measures in the wake of the London attacks, which are now known to have killed 56 people.