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Blair Calls on Moderate Muslims to Help Root Out Extremism


British Prime Minister Tony Blair says his country cannot defeat terrorism unless moderate Muslims there do more to try to change the attitudes of extremists.

Mr. Blair said Tuesday that the government alone cannot root out extremism in communities without the help of moderate Muslims. His comments to a parliamentary committee came just three days ahead of the first anniversary of the attack by Islamic terrorists on London's transport system that killed 52 commuters.

The British leader said a majority of Muslims abhor terrorism and want to defeat it. He urged Muslim community leaders to do more to counter the extremists.

Earlier, The Times newspaper published a poll indicating that a majority of British Muslims surveyed want the government to take tougher measures against extremists within their community.

The poll found that 13 percent of those surveyed believe the four bombers who attacked the transport system should be regarded as "martyrs." Eighty-seven percent of those surveyed disagreed.

The Times says the survey is the largest poll of British Muslims. Pollsters questioned 1,300 Muslim adults by telephone and online during the first half of June.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.
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