High-Alert Holidays

A series of arrests in Britain and Europe stokes fears of a terrorist surge timed to the Christmas season

The small, anxious-looking man who stood before a judge last week in London's Central Criminal Court hardly resembled the feral terrorist British police are linking him to. But Saajid Badat, 24, faces charges of having conspired with fellow Briton and convicted shoe bomber Richard Reid, who tried to blow up an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami in December 2001. And Badat is just one of 21 people detained by British police in the past three weeks under antiterrorism laws (some suspects have since been released).

All across Europe, in fact, it is a busy time in the war...

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