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Security top concern at first post-Sept. 11 Olympics: Athens mayor

The 2004 Olympics Games, the first since the September 11, 2001 attacks, have been dominated by security concerns, Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyannis said in New York. “After September 11, the world was not the same anymore,” said Bakoyannis. “And after Madrid and Istanbul, there are many people who really think a lot about security and that’s why we feel the obligation to secure the games as much as possible.” Tensions in Iraq and the Middle East have sparked fears of a terror attack during the Games, exacerbated by a number of low-level bombings by homegrown fringe groups against police and mostly British interests in the Greek capital. “We know that in the security issue, we are not alone. It is an international affair,” Bakoyannis said, adding that the Greek authorities had worked with counter-terrorist experts from seven nations, including the United States, Britain and Israel. Full Story

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