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US multinational companies wary of backlash

A blast at a McDonald’s in Turkey last week is the latest in a string of terror attacks on US commercial interests. As the war with Iraq winds down and with it the momentum for a global consumer boycott of US products, companies like McDonald’s and Coca-Cola should be breathing a sigh of relief. But a bomb blast at a McDonald’s in Istanbul, Turkey, on April 15 showed that new threats are emerging. One of them is possible small-scale terror attacks on poorly protected US symbols like the ubiquitous American franchises that are easy and inexpensive to bomb, say security analysts. Call it fast-food terror. Al Qaeda has been disrupted since Sept. 11, 2001, and traditional targets like embassies and US bases have grown harder to hit. So American franchises have found themselves at risk as convenient “soft” targets for terror groups. Full Story

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