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UK Parliament bans 15 more terror organizations

[JURIST] Following a proposal [JURIST report] Monday by UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke [official profile], Britain's Parliament [official website] on Thursday added 15 terror organizations with suspected links to al Qaeda to a list of 25 organizations already banned under the Terrorism Act 2000 [text]. Prominent newly-banned groups include Ansar Al Islam [profile], a group blamed for multiple attacks in Iraq, the Libyan Islamic Fighting [US Navy profile], and Groupe Islamique Combattant Marocain, which may have been involved in the 2004 Madrid and 2003 Casablanca attacks. Under the Terrorism Act 2000, membership in a prohibited group is a criminal offense with a possible ten-year prison sentence. The bans go into effect Friday. BBC News has more.

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