Five held in France suspected of recruiting and sending Islamic fighters to Iraq

24th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

24 October 2007, TOULOUSE (AFP) - Five men have been arrested in southwestern France on suspicion of helping to recruit Islamic extremist fighters for combat missions in Iraq, police said Tuesday.

24 October 2007

TOULOUSE (AFP) - Five men have been arrested in southwestern France on suspicion of helping to recruit Islamic extremist fighters for combat missions in Iraq, police said Tuesday.

Three of the five men were arrested in the city of Toulouse and two in the nearby region of Lot, in a joint operation by French and Belgian police.

The eldest of the suspects, aged from 25 to 45, is suspected of providing close-combat training to several suspected extremists arrested in an anti-terrorist swoop in February.

The others are accused of providing material assistance, although searches of their homes turned up no evidence.

AFP

Subject: French news

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