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Pakistan-origin British terrorists biggest threat to US, says Report
February 08, 2009 22:05 IST
A former CIA officer who has advised President Barack Obama [Images], told the British newspaper that the agency has in fact
stepped up its efforts after the Mumbai [Images] mayhem "laid bare the threat from Lashkar-e-Tayiba [Images]", the militant group which has an extensive web of supporters in UK's Pakistani community.
"In the aftermath of the Mumbai attack the US and the UK intelligence services now have to regard Lashkar-e-Tayiba as just as serious a threat to both of our countries as al-Qaeda.
They have a much more extensive base among Pakistani diaspora communities in the UK than al�Qaeda," Bruce Riedel said. The CIA has already briefed President Barack Obama about the threats, according to Riedel, who served three US presidents as a Middle East expert on the White House National Security Council.
Riedel said: "The British Pakistani community is recognised as probably al-Qaeda's best mechanism for launching
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