Birminghams bustling inner city suburbs of Sparkbrook and Sparkhill found itself on the front line of Britains war on terror even before the hijacked airliners smashed into the Twin Towers 12 years ago.
Police raided the "bomb factory home of former waiter Moinul Abedin in January 2001 smashing what has since been described as the UKs first home grown al-Qaida plot.
Since then the security forces have made repeated visits to the citys celebrated Balti Triangle and its Pakistani, Kashmiri and Bangladeshi neighbourhoods to mounting alarm from community leaders. Each raid, with its hurtling convoys of police vehicles, screaming sirens and taped-off streets, brings a new sense of shock and dismay. (continue reading...)(...more)