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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:53 PM
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Intelligence officials were braced for an offensive - but lowered threat l
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,1523647,...

Intelligence officials were braced for an offensive - but lowered threat levels

Group linked to al-Qaida cites UK's Iraq actions

Richard Norton-Taylor and Duncan Campbell
Friday July 8, 2005
The Guardian

A group of terrorists, affiliated or inspired by al-Qaida, carried out the series of coordinated bomb attacks in London, intelligence officials and independent analysts said yesterday.
A group calling itself the Secret Organisation of the al-Qaida Jihad in Europe posted a claim of responsibility for the attacks, saying they were in retaliation for Britain's involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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But Whitehall's Joint Terrorist Analysis Centre (Jtac) last month reduced the threat level from al-Qaida terrorism, from "severe - general" to "substantial".

The Guardian has learned that Jtac made the decision on the grounds that the al-Qaida leadership did not have the ability to order a coordinated attack in Britain. But that did not mean a group of individuals broadly sympathetic to al-Qaida did not have the ability to mount attacks on their own initiative.

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Up2Late Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:12 PM
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1. I heard about this today
What? Did they think we wouldn't find out?
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Justice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:18 PM
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2. That is why Blair's voice was shaky.
They keep telling us how bad these guys are and then go and reduce threat levels to save money.
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lateo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:29 PM
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3. Does it say "why" they lowered the threat?
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Schema Thing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:44 PM
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4. Idiots. Hell, *I* have "the ability to order a coordinated attack in...
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 09:44 PM by AchtungToddler
Britain". Groups of individuals broadly sympathetic to al-Qaida, however, don't pay much attention to me, but even George Bush could see that they would pay attention to "al-Qaida leadership".
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