Bracing for terror

Blanche, Ed
November 2003
Middle East;Nov2003, Issue 339, p22
The threat of terrorism is an ever present one in major towns and cities around the world and, tragically, another major incident may be only a matter of time away, according to international security forces. That is the situation facing the U.S., Europe and Israel as they brace for what many see as inevitable major attacks by Al Qaeda or others. Intelligence and security authorities in Europe in particular, have thwarted at least half a dozen attempts by Islamic extremists to carry out bombings over the last two years. The Israelis have been particularly concerned about missile attacks on its aircraft since November 28, when two Strela missiles were fired at an Israeli Arkia Airways Boeing 737-500 with 280 people aboard shortly after takeoff from the airport outside Mombasa, Kenya. The threat of Arab or Islamic militants detonating a biological device in an Israeli city like Tel Aviv must be considered possible.


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