May 11, 2007

Al-Qaeda Presence in Pakistan Worries Britain

From Al-Qaeda Presence in Pakistan Worries Britain:

Robert Brinkley, the British high commissioner to Pakistan, said Thursday that his government was greatly concerned about the continued ability of leaders of al-Qaeda hiding in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region to direct terrorist operations across the world. He said that although the Pakistani government had made praiseworthy efforts to find and detain terrorists, "the fight is not finished." Of particular concern was that extremists in Britain were still communicating with terrorist leaders in the tribal areas, looking to them for "guidance, ideas and, in some cases, training for operations." Such contacts were believed to have been a factor in the deadly London transit bombings in July 2005, he said, adding, "It's top priority to ensure it does not happen again."