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7/7 The London Bombings, Islam and the Iraq War


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In February 2003, Tony Blair was warned by British intelligence that the invasion of Iraq would 'heighten' the risk of terrorism in Britain. In July 2005, al-Qaeda struck in the heart of London. Despite the British Government's increasingly desperate attempts at denial, polls show that an overwhelming majority of people in Britain are convinced that there 'is' a connection between the London bombings and the war on Iraq. A majority of Britons fault Tony Blair himself. Using secret government documents declassified since the bombings, and leaks from British intelligence, Milan Rai exposes official deceit at the highest levels, and establishes the crucial role of British foreign policy in generating a home-grown version of al-Qaeda. Rai shows how an official report drawn up by the Home Office and Foreign Office in early 2004 identified 'foreign policy' - and the war in Iraq in particular - as a major cause of alienation among young British Muslims. Exploding the idea that the London bombers were 'brainwashed' into their actions, this book reconstructs a picture of the world through the bombers' eyes, examining the backgrounds of the 7/7 bombers - alongside brief obituaries for their 52 victims.

Product Code: 77V19

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