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LONDON (Reuters) - The country's involvement in the Iraq war is one of the reasons behind domestic terrorist activity, according to a report based on the views of over 1,000 people from London.
Released on Thursday by the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA), the report is the most extensive of its kind since the July 7 2005 suicide attacks in London.
The MPA held a series of hearings to collect the views of faith groups, Asian men, young people, women and local and business officials over the year to last December.
The report said the groups were angered by suggestions that foreign policy and terrorism were unconnected,
"There is palpable rage at what some consider a disingenuous stance adopted by politicians who deny this link," the report said.
The report, "Counter-Terrorism: The London Debate," said police stop and search powers should be scrapped if they cannot be justified.
"There is a widespread conviction that the use of the power is targeted at Asian men, and genuine public anger that this should be the case," the report said.
Under anti-terrorism legislation introduced in 2000, the police are able to stop and search people in an area they feel is at risk of terrorism even if they are not believed to acting illegally.
Of the 22,672 people stopped in the year to September 2006, just 27 were arrested.