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Australia acknowledges Iraq move increased risk of terrorist attack

Australia’s government has admitted for the first time that its decision to participate in the Iraq conflict may have increased the terrorist threat to Australian interests.The admission, by Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, followed a warning by Australia’s intelligence chief that the conflict had given al-Qaeda propaganda and recruitment opportunities and may have motivated terrorists in Australia. Downer said it was possible that some sympathisers of extremist Islamic ideology in Australia could be motivated by the Iraq war. “If there are people in Australia who believe in this sort of Taliban-style Wahabist extremist ideology and they see Iraq becoming a democracy then that may activate them and energise them,” Downer told ABC radio.Full Story

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