UNITED KINGDOM

Post-Cold War

2000

Attaché Killed in Athens

 

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Reid, T.R., and R. Jeffrey Smith. "British Attache Slain in Athens." Washington Post, 9 Jun. 2000, A26. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 8 June 2000, Brigadier Stephen Saunders, British defense attache in Greece, "was shot dead by two gunmen on motorcycles who fired into his car on a main Athens thoroughfare." Brian Murphy, "Terrorist Group Takes Blame for Greece Slaying," Associated Press, 9 Jun. 2000, reports that the Greek terrorist group, November 17, had claimed responsibility for killing Saunders. The claim came in "a 13-page declaration that appeared in the daily newspaper Eleftherotypia."

Risen, James. "A Pattern of Unsolved Greek Terrorism Cases." New York Times, 9 Jun. 2000. [http://www.nytimes.com]

The killing of Brigadier Stephen Saunders, British defense attache in Greece, in Athens on 8 June 2000 "came in the midst of a growing debate in Washington over Greece's record in curbing anti-Western terrorism within its borders. Only on [5 June 2000], a bipartisan American commission on terrorism recommended that the Clinton administration consider imposing sanctions on Greece for failing to fully cooperate with the United States in combatting terrorism."

Stanley, Alessandra. "British Attaché Is Assassinated on Greek Street." New York Times, 9 Jun. 2000. [http://www.nytimes.com]

British defense attaché Brigadier Stephen Saunders "was the first British official assassinated in an attack linked to November 17, but the killing was the 23rd attributed to the group, which emerged in 1975 with the slaying of CIA station chief Richard Welch, the first of four American officials killed by the group. "In the last 25 years, no member of November 17 has been arrested, driving the State Department to identify Greece in an April report as 'one of the weakest links in Europe's effort against terrorism.'" On 5 June 2000, the U.S. National Commission on Terrorism said that Greece "was not fully cooperating against terrorism."

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