Friday, April 16, 2004

Terror expert: Iraq war increased threat of terrorism "many hundreds of times": "The U.S.-led war in Iraq has made flying more dangerous than ever, by spurring Islamic militants to plot revenge attacks on civilian targets including commercial planes and airports, a terrorism expert warned Wednesday. 'After Iraq, the threat of terrorism has increased many hundreds of times,' expert Rohan Gunaratna said at an aviation security conference in Singapore.

"'The U.S. invasion of Iraq has given a new lease of life to these organizations because terrorist groups depend on support,' said Gunaratna, the author of a book on al-Qaida. 'The grief and anger and suffering of Muslims in Iraq and elsewhere is being ably exploited by different terrorist and extremist groups.'"

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