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Small terror groups pose grim risk

Evidence gathered by Turkish investigators examining the suicide bombings that rocked Istanbul in November highlights the difficulties in combating groups that act on their own initiative and have only loose ties to the Al Qaeda network. With criminal trials arising from those bombings scheduled to begin later this month, Turkish authorities have acknowledged that the men suspected of planning and carrying out the Istanbul blasts had been under surveillance for as long as five years. During those years, the suspects reportedly traveled from Turkey to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran. Authorities say they lacked the hard evidence to arrest the men and prevent the bombings of two synagogues, a bank headquarters and the British Consulate in a five-day period. The blasts killed more than 61 people and injured hundreds more. Full Story

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