- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 21, 2001

LONDON Detectives are investigating two persons in Britain whom they suspect of aiding Osama bin Laden's terror network.
Secret Scotland Yard documents, obtained by the Sunday Telegraph, name two men one of whom is understood to be a computer expert as assisting the al Qaeda network. It is the first time since Sept. 11 that white non-Muslims have been accused of involvement in Islamic extremism.
The documents reveal that a special unit has been established at the Scotland Yard to carry out "Operation Full Circle," to monitor the two men and 22 other suspects. All are being investigated to establish whether they have committed terrorist offenses. The two men cannot be identified for legal and operational reasons.
Scotland Yard declined to comment on the list.
One of the two men on the list, the computer expert, is believed to have assisted bin Laden operatives with computer and Web site activities. He is named in the document as also being linked to Francis Etim, who has been arrested and charged under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.
Mr. Etim, who lived in Greenwich in southeast London, was born in Britain and converted to Islam at marriage and changed his name to Sulayman Zain-Ul-Abidin. Also on the list is a white man with a French name. Little is known of him, except that he has adopted several aliases. He is believed to be wanted in connection with Algerian plots to attack France.
The list of suspects, which is headed "Alleged Islamic Extremists," is believed to have been compiled by the FBI in conjunction with MI5 and then passed to Special Branch officers at Scotland Yard.
A dozen officers have been reassigned from other duties to investigate names on the list. For the first time, the anti-terrorist squad, Special Branch, the surveillance and public order unit and the racial and violent crimes task force will be working together.
The list indicates that white European or British persons may have been involved in supporting terrorist activity.

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