Australia is 'No. 4 on Terrorists' Hit List'
Australia is now fourth on the world’s terror-attack hit list and its flag carrier Qantas is most likely to be targeted, the country’s leading authority on terrorism warned on Friday. Mr Clive Williams, director of terrorism studies at Canberra’s Australian National University, told a security conference Australia’s engagement in a war in Iraq would inevitably increase its profile. Al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden would quickly seize on the fact that it is one of three countries which had so far deployed troops to the Gulf, he said. ‘That will probably make us No 4 on the hit list — the United States will be first, Israel will be second, the UK will be third,’ he warned. He said the risk of terrorism attacks through food poisoning was growing, with poisons such as ricin as likely agents. However, he believed it was more likely an attack would take place overseas. Full Story