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Oct 5, 2010

Europe, U.S. juggle divergent tolerance of risk

LONDON (Reuters) – A U.S. terror warning in Europe at first raised eyebrows in a region where nations like to allow identified plots to run on to garner evidence usable in court.

But analysts say America’s more stoical European allies, mindful of their junior status in the trans-Atlantic intelligence partnership, have decided to put the warning down to their ally’s lower tolerance of terrorism risk.

Oct 4, 2010

Analysis: Terrorism alerts reflect evolving threat

LONDON (Reuters) -U.S. and British alerts about possible attacks in Europe highlight concern that growing numbers of militants are going from the West to remote war zones for training in answer to al Qaeda’s online call for violence.

The immediate trigger for Sunday’s travel alerts was intelligence about a plot against European targets reportedly originating with a group of individuals in mountainous northern Pakistan, some of them believed to be European citizens.

Oct 4, 2010

European firms vigilant but call U.S. alert vague

LONDON (Reuters) – European security advisers will find it hard to recommend specific measures to businesses beyond heightened vigilance in response to a U.S. terrorism alert, because the warning lacks precision, experts said on Monday.

The U.S. State Department on Sunday issued an alert warning American citizens to exercise caution while in Europe. Britain raised the terrorism threat level to “high” from “general” for its citizens traveling to Germany and France.

Oct 4, 2010

Terrorism alerts reflect evolving militant threat

LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. and British alerts about possible attacks in Europe highlight concern that growing numbers of militants are going from the West to remote war zones for training in answer to al Qaeda’s online call for violence.

The immediate trigger for Sunday’s travel alerts was intelligence about a plot against European targets reportedly originating with a group of individuals in mountainous northern Pakistan, some of them believed to be European citizens.

Oct 3, 2010

Analysis: Terrorism alerts reflect evolving militant threat

LONDON (Reuters) -U.S. and British alerts about possible attacks in Europe highlight concern that growing numbers of militants are going from the West to remote war zones for training in answer to al Qaeda’s online call for violence.

The immediate trigger for Sunday’s travel alerts was intelligence about a plot against European targets reportedly originating with a group of individuals in mountainous northern Pakistan, some of them believed to be European citizens.

Oct 1, 2010

Europe must do more to counter plots -EU official

LONDON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – A plot reportedly originating in
Pakistan to stage multiple raids in Europe shows the continent
must do more to impede extremists going overseas to train and
plan attacks, a counter-terrorism official said on Friday.

Gilles de Kerchove, the European Union counter-terrorism
coordinator, said the conspiracy reported by intelligence
sources this week should remind Europe of the need for vigilance
five years after the continent’s last militant attack.

Sep 24, 2010

Cyber attack appears to target Iran -US tech firm

LONDON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – A computer virus that attacks a
widely used industrial system appears aimed mostly at Iran and
its power suggests a state may have been involved in creating
it, an expert at a U.S. technology company said on Friday.

Kevin Hogan, Senior Director of Security Response at
Symantec (SYMC.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), told Reuters 60 percent of the computers
worldwide infected by the so-called Stuxnet worm were in Iran,
indicating industrial plants in that country were the target.

Sep 24, 2010

Experts urge nimbler global response to crises

LONDON (Reuters) – Unidentified attackers detonate a “dirty” bomb in the Strait of Hormuz, in minutes disrupting global trade and shipping and devastating financial markets.

A German trawler collides with a Chinese warship in the newly-opened Arctic. Devastating floods hit a weapons bunker in nuclear-armed Pakistan, raising fears for atomic security.

Sep 24, 2010

Analysis: Experts urge nimbler global response to crises

LONDON (Reuters) – Unidentified attackers detonate a “dirty” bomb in the Strait of Hormuz, in minutes disrupting global trade and shipping and devastating financial markets.

A German trawler collides with a Chinese warship in the newly-opened Arctic. Devastating floods hit a weapons bunker in nuclear-armed Pakistan, raising fears for atomic security.

Sep 16, 2010

Threats from Somalia and Yemen rise – MI5

LONDON (Reuters) – Suspected al Qaeda plots targeting Britain originate increasingly in Somalia and Yemen, partly as a result of counter-terrorism pressure on the group’s leaders in Pakistan, the head of MI5 said.

Somalia resembled 1990s Afghanistan as a “seedbed for terrorism,” and militants there may one day inspire like-minded individuals to carry out attacks in Britain, Director-General Jonathan Evans added in a speech on Thursday evening.