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Britain Rejects Link Between Terror Attacks and Close Ties with US

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British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has rejected a research center report saying London's close alliance with the United States has made it more vulnerable to terrorism.

Responding to the report by Britain's Royal Institute of International Affairs, Mr. Straw said on Monday that the time for making excuses for terrorism is -in his words -"over."

The British foreign secretary said terrorists have struck around the world - in countries allied with Washington, as well as those having nothing to do with the war in Iraq.

Mr. Straw's comments come as British lawmakers are considering plans to strengthen the country's anti-terror laws. If enacted, the new legislation will make it illegal to plan a terrorist attack or help someone else receive terrorist training.

Meanwhile, British police say they have positively identified all four of the suicide bombers that detonated four bombs last week in London, killing at least 55 people.
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