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Islamist Terrorism in EuropeA History$
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Petter Nesser

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190264024

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190264024.001.0001

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The Pakistan Axis (2004–6)

The Pakistan Axis (2004–6)

(p.163) 6 The Pakistan Axis (2004–6)
Islamist Terrorism in Europe

Petter Nesser

Oxford University Press

The chapter explores three Pakistani-based terrorist cells in the UK in 2004-6. These cells represented a new pattern, as people of Pakistani origin had rarely been involved in terrorist plots in Europe in the past. The cases demonstrate how al-Qaida, which was regrouping in the Af-Pak region after the invasion of Afghanistan, managed to exploit extremists in the UK for global jihad in Europe. Contributing factors included changes in the relationship between militant Islamists and the state in Pakistan, in combination with radicalization in Europe over Iraq.

Keywords:   Al Qaida, Pakistan, Waziristan, Crawley group, 7 July bombings, Airliner plot

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