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Al-Qaeda views West terror alert fears as victory — experts focus 10/10/2010

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Al-Qaeda views West terror alert fears as victory — experts

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10/10/2010
PARIS — The US warning that stirred public panic in Europe over a possible al-Qaeda attack at tourist hotspots has given a sense of victory to Islamist extremist networks, intelligence experts said.

Even though the threat of terror strikes should not be underestimated — it is a real, ongoing threat — warnings such as the recent US travel advisory of a high risk of an attack in Europe make for frightening headlines and television news broadcasts.

As ominous images of soldiers in combat gear in Paris patrolling at the foot of the Eiffel Tower flickered across TV screens around the world, experts said it must have delighted the jihadist leaders to see the West gripped with fear.

“All this free publicity is like manna from heaven for al-Qaeda,” said Alain Chouet, former head of security information at the French DGSE intelligence agency..... MORE

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