This pattern’s becoming quite clear …

This pattern’s becoming quite clear …

Wednesday – Britain warns of growing terrorism threat
March 25, 2009

Britain warned of a growing terrorist risk from chemical, biological and radiological weapons and pinpointed al Qaeda in Pakistan as a key threat as it revamped its national security strategy.

… Britain has been a target for Islamist militants since it joined the United States in invading Afghanistan and Iraq after the September 11, 2001 attacks. In 2005, suicide bombings in London killed 52 people.

Between 2001 and 2008, more than 200 people were convicted of terrorism related offences, and the national threat level remains at its second highest level of “severe”, meaning an attack is highly likely. [Read the rest … ]

Friday – Obama’s “new” Afghanistan and Pakistan War on Terror Overseas Contingency Plan unveiled…

“Afghanistan strategy refocuses on al-Qaeda”

[clip]Obama also ruled out sending U.S. forces into Pakistan, a U.S. ally which long sponsored the Taliban regime that ruled Afghanistan and harbored al-Qaeda until it was overthrown by American forces in 2001.

… The U.S. approach would give Pakistan the tools to root out al-Qaeda, Obama said. He called on Pakistan’s leaders to be more accountable in countering the “steady creep of extremism” within their borders.

The interview was taped Friday after Obama announced plans to send 4,000 more troops and additional civilian aid workers to Afghanistanalong with increased financial assistance to Pakistan.

Obama said the U.S. must move quickly to stem violence in Afghanistan because “unless we get a handle on it now, we’re gonna be in trouble.”

He said the nation had “lost” its focus on the war in Afghanistan over the last seven years under the Bush administration.

“What we want to do is refocus attention on al-Qaeda,” he said.

… “The people we are fighting in Afghanistan and the people they are sheltering in western Pakistan pose a direct threat,” he said. “Those are the men of 9/11.” (emphasis added) (Read the rest … )

Sunday — Dirty bomb threat looms over G20 meeting
29 March 2009

LONDON: After decades of campaigns by Irish Republicans and, most recently, Islamist militants, Britons have become used to the daily threat of terrorism.

But in a warning that the stakes have been raised — and just days before world leaders gather here for the Group of 20 meeting — a warning was given this week that a so-called dirty bomb on a British city is more likely than ever. The government alert accompanied the launch of a major new anti-terrorist strategy that encourages ordinary citizens to offer Britain an additional layer of security.

The new approach aims to train some 60,000 retail, hotel, and service industry staff to recognize terrorist threats. In addition, more resources will go into blocking access to information posted online on how to stage terror attacks. Most significant, as part of a broader ideological offensive against terrorism and amid growing concern that alienated Muslim youths are being recruited by terror groups, the government will allocate funds for influential groups and individuals in Britain’s Muslim community.

The 167-page document asserts that there is a need to “challenge those who reject the rights to which we are committed, scorn the institutions and values of our parliamentary democracy, dismiss the rule of law, and promote intolerance.”

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