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Algeria's terror connection

A leading expert on Algerian extremists has blamed the 11 September attacks in New York and Washington on the West’s failure to heed the warnings of the 1995 nail bomb attack on the Paris Metro. Eight people were killed and scores of others injured in the bombing, which was linked to the Armed Islamic Group, or GIA. It followed a spate of explosions in Paris in the 1980s and 1990s, and a foiled Algerian suicide plot to fly a plane into the Eiffel Tower. Former chief prosecutor in the French anti-terrorist courts, Ms Irene Stoller, told the BBC’s File on 4 radio programme that for too long the authorities in London refused to act because they did not feel directly threatened. “It was a case of ‘It’s happening to my neighbour, not to me, so it’s not my problem,'” she said. “It has allowed all these networks to install themselves, to grow, to learn to fight and to carry out a number of attacks across the world. “If all Europe had fought against the problem from 1995, as we did, we would not have had the 11 September [attacks]. Full Story

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