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London: a new and bloody chapter for al-Qaeda?

An unknown al-Qaeda cell in Europe claimed responsibility for the attacks in London today on the al-Qal’ah – or Fortress – internet site. The Times Diplomatic Editor assesses this claim and the wider implications It is impossible to know whether the claim of responsibility made on the internet is genuine, unless the group offers some proof that it was responsible. Far more telling are the facts emerging from the bombings, which have all the hallmarks of an al-Qaeda attack and are similar to the deadly rush-hour bombings by al-Qaeda terrorists against commuters in Madrid last year. First the bombs were synchronised to go off at the same time and cause maximum terror. The same method was used by al-Qaeda against the US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es-Salaam, against the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon in Washington on September 11, 2001, against nightclubs frequented by Australian tourists in Bali, and against the British consulate-general and the HSBC bank in Istanbul.Full Story

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