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'LeT supporters in UK greatest threat to US'

world Updated: Feb 09, 2009 01:21 IST
Vijay Dutt
Vijay Dutt
Hindustan Times
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The British-born Pakistani extremists in Britain with links to Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT), numbering over 2,000 according to British security agencies, are greatest threat to the US, the

Sunday Telegraph

reported.

It said that the CIA had conveyed to US President Barack Obama of the danger from these extremists.

The CIA activity in monitoring these extremists in Britain intensified following the Mumbai terror attacks in November.

A former CIA officer Bruce Riedel who is advising Obama said, “In the aftermath of the Mumbai attack the US and the UK intelligence services now have to regard LeT as just as serious a threat to both of our countries as Al Qaeda.”

Riedel has told Obama that British-born Pakistanis, among whom the LeT and al Qaeda have made extensive inroads, are today the biggest security threat to the US.

MI5 Director General Jonathan Evans said that billing records have been uncovered revealing telephone calls between the LeT members and other countries, including Britain. Riedel's comments come amid a reported surge in American intelligence operations in Britain.

With inputs from IANS