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Echoes of Al Qaeda, Hints of Iraq

If Al Qaeda or its allies carried out the bombings in London, as many investigators suspect, Islamic extremists would have succeeded in striking their top European target as terrorist networks are gaining combat experience and inspiration from the conflict in Iraq, officials said Thursday. Experts said the attacks bore many signatures of the fragmented but virulent networks that have operational or ideological ties to Osama bin Laden’s organization: multiple targets, near-simultaneity, significant civilian casualties and political timing. But the lack of details about the blasts prompted debate among experts about whether the plot was the work of a longtime cell based in Britain, recently arrived operatives from Iraq, or a combination of the two. Full Story

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