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Al Qaeda’s renewed focus on inflicting terrorist atrocities on British soil reflects a pervasive weakness in their strategy as their legitimating logic threatens to unravel

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Until recently, Al Qaeda has been on the back foot, largely through its own blunders in the non-Western world. Yet during the Christmas period, Prime Minister David Cameron put Britain on a high ‘terror-alert’ after nine British men of Bangladeshi origin were arrested for allegedly plotting terrorist attacks on shopping malls and nightclubs in London, a case that is still to be resolved. Alia Brahimi argues that Al Qaeda’s activity in targeting Britain and Europe is unlikely to let up, because it sees attacks on ‘legitimate’ targets in the West as bolstering its flagging perceived legitimacy and authority, and as congruent with its more ‘moderate’ tactics in the Arabian peninsula of minimizing harm to Muslims.

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http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/31985/1/blogs.lse.ac.uk-Al_Qaedas_renewed_focus_on_inflicting_terrorist_atrocities_on_British_soil_reflects_a_pervasive_weakn-323718.pdf

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