Romania warns of terrorist risk from military action in Libya

14:44, March 24, 2011      

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Romanian President Traian Basescu on Wednesday ordered the intelligence service, SRI, to be on the alert for terrorist attacks following the multinational military intervention in Libya.

The terrorist risk would certainly rise following the intervention in Libya, Basescu told the SRI annual review meeting for 2010.

"There is the risk at a time of instability in North Africa, to see extremist Islamic groups being drawn into terrorist activities," he said.

Romania was not the main target but it must take all the required measures to prevent "the possible higher terrorist risk" arising from the action, the Romanian leader said.

Basescu announced Tuesday evening that Romania would send a frigate carrying 207 Navy soldiers and officers to help enforce the embargo against Libya in the Mediterranean Sea.

Currently, there are four U.S. military bases in southeastern Romania, including the Mihail Kogalniceanu air base, which has been heavily used by the United States to transport troops and equipment for operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Local analysts warned that, by hosting U.S. bases, Romania raised its exposure to threats.

Source: Xinhua
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