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Blair Seeks Power to Close Mosques, Deport Extremists

U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair said foreign nationals in Britain who encourage terrorism will be deported and vowed to close mosques that incite extremism after bomb attacks in London last month that killed 52 people. Britain has until now granted asylum to people fleeing persecution in other countries, including extremist Muslim clerics such as Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed. He has called the attackers of New York and Washington in 2001 “the magnificent 19” and has said Britain may have avoided bombings by listening to al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden. Following discussions since bombings on July 7 and attempted attacks on July 21, Blair said he plans policies for deportation of people who “foster hatred.” Parliament will also be asked to pass a law against condoning or glorifying terrorism anywhere in the world and giving the government powers to close mosques. Full Story

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