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Spain Attack Starts Off Terror Conference

Steeled by deadly bombings in Spain, counterterrorism experts met Thursday in Vienna in a renewed drive to pool information and expertise in the global effort against terrorism. The conference, hosted by the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, was closed to the media and had been scheduled before Thursday’s attacks in Madrid. Organizers said it began with a minute of silence for the victims. The attacks “set the right tone for this conference — that we need to take this recurring threat very seriously,” said Brian Woo, chief of the OSCE’s Action Against Terrorism unit. He said the experts “indirectly” discussed the Madrid bombings while focusing on the overall global menace. “It steeled us. We have to be real-time in addressing these threats,” Woo said. “If terrorists and state sponsors of terrorism have globalized their operations, we as international organizations combating terrorism must do so as well.” Meeting documents made available to The Associated Press described a fresh effort to coordinate operations and ensure that counterterrorism measures are effective. Full Story

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