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Terrorist threat set to continue despite arrest

As counter-terrorism strategists assess the implications of Saddam Hussein’s capture, they are likely to conclude his incarceration will have limited impact on the global terrorist threat. US officials realise violence in the country will continue after the arrest. “We do expect those who have been terrorising Iraqi citizens to continue terrorising Iraqi citizens,” Condoleezza Rice, US national security adviser, said on Monday. But the assertion made by senior US officials in the run-up to war in Iraq – that the overthrow of the regime was central to the post-September 11 global fight against terrorism – will be closely scrutinised. What is likely to become evident is that destruction of the regime and Mr Hussein’s arrest have done little to diminish the terrorist threat. Counter-terrorism officials are now trying to establish possible links between extremist networks worldwide and the armed opposition in Iraq, to assess whether the global threat has been refocused on Iraq. Full Story

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