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Authorities arrested four people in Barcelona, Tarragona, and Palma de Mallorca who are suspected of trying to sell missile equipment to Iran. Three are Spanish nationals from the same family, and the fourth is an Iranian. During the raids, authorities confiscated cash, industrial equipment, and documents relating to defense information.




Foreign jihadists recruit Maghreb youth




In a joint operation, Spanish and Moroccan authorities targeting an al Qaeda recruiting network arrested four suspected members in Spain and three in Morocco. The network, whose activities extend to Morocco, Belgium, France, Tunisia, Turkey, Libya, Mali, Indonesia, and Syria, is headed by Melilla resident Mustafa Maya Amaya, who funneled recruits to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, the Al Nusrah Front, and al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Among those detained is Chafik Jalel Ben Amara Elmedjeri, a Tunisian arrested on terrorism charges in 2006.




US military boosting its presence in Spain




Spain on Islamist alert, decade after train bombings




US military presence in Africa growing in small ways




Spanish Air Force maintains maritime patrol force in Djibouti




European Spies Reach Out to Syria




Jihadists from Spain in Syria: facts and figures




Spanish authorities recently agreed to extradite Moroccan terror suspect Mohamed El Bali, who is accused of plotting attacks and coordinating the activities of the Al Mouahidoun and Attawhid jihadist cells, which were dismantled in May in the Moroccan provinces of Nador and Fnideq. Spain and Morocco have created a joint police panel to coordinate on issues including terrorism, human trafficking, illegal immigration, and organized crime.




U.S. Says France, Spain Aided NSA Spying




The Inevitable Rise Of Al-Qaeda in Libya




Marines again moved to Italy as Libya falters




Somali pirate suspects stand trial in Madrid




Moroccan al-Qaeda suspect caught in Europe




Moroccan terror suspect arrested in Ceuta




Yassin Ahmed Laarbi, a Spaniard who escaped arrest in June when a terrorist cell was dismantled, was detained in Ceuta. Laarbi, a.k.a. Pistu, is the alleged ringleader of a jihadist cell that has sent fighters to Syria to join the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and was said to be preparing to travel to Syria. The cell also has links in Morocco, Belgium, and Turkey.




Mohammed El Bali, a wanted terrorist with ties to two jihadist recruiting networks that were dismantled in May, was arrested in Melilla last week. He had recently moved from Belgium to Melilla, and is said to have forged ties between jihadists in Melilla and Belgium and to be a member of Sharia4Belgium. Morocco issued an international arrest warrant for his extradition after accusing him of coordinating the "Mouahidines cell" and "Taouhid cell" that operated out of Nador, Morocco.




The High Court handed down prison sentences to eight members of an al Qaeda-linked jihadist recruiting cell based in Ceuta and Morocco. One member, Karim Abdesalam Mohamed, 39, described as "a point of reference for jihad" in Ceuta, had been involved in an attack on a local imam. Karim comes from the same neighborhood as former Guantanamo detainee Hamed Abderrahman Ahmad, who was released to Spain in 2004 and is linked to the head of Spanish al Qaeda, Barakat Yarkas.




Interior Minister Diaz said yesterday's arrest of eight suspected members of an al Qaeda jihadist recruiting network based in the Spanish territory of Ceuta and the Moroccan city of Fnideq had "neutralized" the network. The alleged ringleader of the group, who remains at large, is said to be outside Spain but has family connections to Ceuta. The cell's recruits have participated in terrorist attacks in Syria with the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic State of Iraq. Authorities acknowledged a martyrdom video of a Spanish suicide bomber who detonated in Idlib, Syria. Last week authorities arrested four Tunisians in Barcelona for distributing Islamist literature.


 
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