A third of people in the UK think going to war in Iraq was justified, but six in 10 believe it was a mistake, this BBC survey suggests. When the war began four years ago, two-thirds of Britons backed involvement, but the poll shows a marked decrease in support.
There is widespread speculation about al-Qaeda's role in the foiled plan to down a group of U.S.-bound airliners. Yet given the increasingly decentralized nature of terrorist groups, many experts feel al-Qaeda's role is not likely to have been significant.
CFR Senior Fellow Steven Simon says the plot uncovered by British authorities to simultaneously down several aircraft over the Atlantic Ocean bears all the hallmarks of al-Qaeda and suggests the group is still a viable threat.
Stephen E. Flynn, CFR senior fellow for National Security Studies, discusses the terrorist threat to aircraft in light of the recent terrorist plot, discovered by British authorities, to down some ten airliners over the Atlantic Ocean.
President Bush and British leader Tony Blair met Thursday to discuss a full agenda, from Iran to Afghanistan to trade and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But all of it is overshadowed by their leading role in the Iraq war.
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