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British police swooped down and arrested seven Islamists, including six Egyptians, in a September 23 dawn raid in central London. The swoop came less than a month after Britain’s House of Lords approved the government’s new anti-terror law.
The question has been raised whether the American military strike against what were described as Osama Bin Laden’s bases in Afghanistan on August 17 will force the Taliban movement to clamp down on the Saudi dissident and his Arab-Afghan associates.
The article describes how Muslim fundamentalism changed from the penniless Muslim Brotherhood of the 1940s through the 1970s to the big business of huge terrorist infrastructures supported by huge financial resources in the 1980s and 1990s.
Montasser El-Zayat, generally acknowledged as lawyer and spokesman of the radical Gama’at al-Islamiya, explains in an interview the dynamics within the extremist groups. He asks for a dialogue with these groups.
Also Al-Osbua gives a background on Osama Bin Laden and his former connections with the US.
Some background is given of Osama Bin Laden, the Saudi dissident, whom Washington describes as one of the greatest protectors of terrorism in the world.
There is confusion about the identity of the organization responsible for the explosions in the American Embassies in Nairobi and Dar Es Salam.
Egypt’s minister of interior denounced the publication of the extremists statement in el-Destour and said that newspapers should investigate such statements thoroughly before publishing them because they affect the public’s sense of safety. The minister also said he is against a dialogue with...
Two extremists groups gave out a statement saying they operate now as a unity targeting Americans and Israelis. An Egyptian terrorist expert, however, dismissed the claim as an attempt of the various militant groups to appear united.


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