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Al-Qaida is expanding, Blair adviser warns

Al-Qaida’s extremist ideology is attracting expanding networks and a new generation of supporters, one of Tony Blair’s top intelligence advisers warned yesterday. And Islamist terrorists, he added, are expected increasingly to choose soft targets to attack. “The concept of global jihad is so attractive to young idealists”, Sir David Omand, the government’s security and intelligence coordinator, told a London conference on new terrorist threats. The threat from networks inspired by ideology, quite different from terrorist groups Britain faced in the past was “real and serious”, he said. Speaking at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Sir David described the networks as “very resilient”, with widespread international links, facilitators and supporters such as financiers. Full Story

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