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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.
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.
Authorities arrested two men linked to al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, following a lengthy investigation. Nou Mediouni, 23, an Algerian thought to have trained with AQIM in Mali, was detained in Zaragoza; Hassan El Jaaouani, 52, a Moroccan also with ties to AQIM in Mali, was detained in Murcia. Jaaouani had contact with those responsible for the kidnapping and death of five French citizens in Niger in 2011.
The Supreme Court ordered the release of Russian nationals nationals Eldar Magomedov and Mohamed Ankari Adamov, along with Cengiz Yalcin, a Turk. The three men were arrested in August 2012 on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack in Gibraltar. The men are still suspected of belonging to a terrorist organization. Police are investigating the suspected murder of a Libyan diplomat in Madrid.
Police arrested three men in Torrelavega and Madrid who had infiltrated a Spanish NGO to spy on Iranian dissidents and report back to Iran. One of the suspects worked at the Iranian Embassy.
Spanish and French police conducted raids in Madrid, Torrejón de Ardoz, Murcia, and Barcelona, arresting six men, including a 65-year-old Swede, suspected of links with the PKK in Turkey. French police also arrested 16 people in France on similar charges and confiscated weapons and money.
Police intercepted a truck carrying nuclear components destined for Iran, and arrested two men who worked for the company that sent the prohibited materials. The company, which used false companies in the United Arab Emirates for deliveries, has ties to firms involved in Iran's nuclear program.