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Political fallout likely to embolden al-Qaida

Within hours of the massacre in Spain, commandos in Greece took up positions at airports and harbours and Athens formally appealed to Nato for assistance in air and sea patrols during the Olympic games in August. Portugal was meanwhile strengthening border controls with Spain and planning tighter security for this summer’s Euro 2004 football championships. These major sporting occasions have already joined a long list of potential targets for Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida or one of its satellite groups: the Nato summit in Istanbul, the US presidential elections, Britain at any time. Al-Qaida and its sympathisers will be emboldened by the impact of what is now assumed to be its first attack in western Europe. The governing party has lost the election and Spain is planning to pull its troops out of Iraq. Full Story

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