Britain too soft on radicals, say allies

Aug. 10, 2005 at 7:49 AM
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LONDON, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Two of Britain's closest allies in the war on terror have criticized the government for being too soft on Muslim extremists at home.

In an interview with the Times of London Tuesday, Prince Turki al-Faisal, the outgoing Saudi ambassador to London, said that he had been "going around in circles" during his 2 1/2-year posting trying to make Britain understand the threat from Saudi dissidents in London linked to al-Qaida.

His comments coincided with those of Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf who accused the government of failing to extremism in mosques. Asked by the BBC if Britain had been too soft, he said: "Yes, I think so, absolutely. It should be stopped, nobody should be talking of hatred and militancy and aggression ... That is not what the mosque is meant for."

The Home Office is in urgent talks over powers to exclude radicals who advocate or glorify terrorism.

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