November 11, 2001 |
Britain will seek emergency powers Monday permitting the indefinite detention of foreigners suspected of terrorism, the nation's latest move to tighten security after the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States. The controversial plan, which involves opting out of part of the European Convention on Human Rights, was immediately criticized by a leading human rights advocate.
October 9, 2001 |
Blitzed during World War II and bombed repeatedly by the Irish Republican Army, London sees itself on the front line once again. With Prime Minister Tony Blair taking a prominent role in the U.S.-led war on terrorism, the capital is considered a prime target for extremists who might seek retribution, and Londoners' nerves are on edge.
October 3, 2001 |
Prime Minister Tony Blair on Tuesday braced Britain for war with the Taliban government of Afghanistan, stating that diplomacy has failed and will be followed by military action. Blair told a Labor Party conference that "proportionate" and "targeted" military strikes would be carried out against Osama bin Laden, viewed by the Bush administration as the chief suspect in the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, and the Taliban regime in Afghanistan that shelters him.
August 3, 2001 |
A suspected car bomb went off near a West London subway station, injuring at least six people in what police said was an attack by Irish Republican Army dissidents. Police said they believed the late-night bombing was the work of dissidents seeking to raise political tensions in Northern Ireland at a crucial juncture in peacemaking efforts. The bomb exploded on a street lined with shops, pubs and restaurants, about 100 yards from the Ealing Broadway station.
May 7, 2001 |
A bomb exploded outside a London postal depot, three weeks after dissident Irish republicans struck the same site and days before Prime Minister Tony Blair was expected to call a general election. The blast injured a passerby and blew out windows at the depot, which was empty at the time. It was the third bombing in six weeks in London. All have been blamed on the Real IRA, an Irish Republican Army splinter group.
March 5, 2001 |
Britain was on high alert Sunday after a powerful bomb exploded outside the British Broadcasting Corp.'s West London television headquarters in what police said was part of an ongoing campaign by dissident Irish republicans opposed to the Northern Ireland peace process. The blast followed coded telephone warnings to a hospital and a charity.