07/07: War on Britain: AND THE WORLD MOURNS

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07/07: War on Britain: AND THE WORLD MOURNS


FLAGS flew at half-mast around the globe yesterday in tribute to those who perished in the London blasts.

Many foreign newspapers condemned the attacks, praising Britain's "Blitz spirit" and the resilience of Londoners.

But the fear of similar attacks prompted commentators and newspapers in countries which sent troops to Iraq to ask: Are we next? "Next time it will be our turn - this is the first thing we think of when we are confronted with these pictures of mutilated bodies," said Italy's Turin-based La Stampa.

In Poland, top-selling Fakt asked: "Now will they hit Poland?"

Danish daily Jyllands-Posten said: "It is horrifying when the monstrous face of terror shows itself - in Denmark especially which, together with Italy, has been warned."

A previously unknown group calling itself the "Secret Group of al-Qaeda's Jihad in Europe" claimed responsibility for the blasts and warned Italy and Denmark to pull troops out of Iraq.

"History shows that Great Britain is not easily intimidated," wrote Geneva's daily Le Temps. And in a theme echoed around the world the German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung added: "The country has reacted to terror with astonishing calm.

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