France break up terror ring linked to Iraq

14th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 14, 2007 (AFP) - French police have arrested 11 terror suspects, nine of whom are believed to be members of Al-Qaeda who helped fighters join the ranks of Iraqi insurgents, the interior ministry said Wednesday.

PARIS, Feb 14, 2007 (AFP) - French police have arrested 11 terror suspects, nine of whom are believed to be members of Al-Qaeda who helped fighters join the ranks of Iraqi insurgents, the interior ministry said Wednesday.

The first arrests took place at Orly airport in Paris on Tuesday when two men were detained on their return from abroad, said a ministry statement.

Nine others were arrested on Wednesday in the southwestern region of Toulouse.

"These individuals from the southwest of France are allegedly involved in the organisation of a network that provided jihadists to Iraq," said the interior ministry.

Police were questioning the nine suspects who had been under surveillance for many months in connection with the alleged recruiting ring, according to the statement.

A source close to the case said the police operation followed the expulsion from Syria on Tuesday of two French nationals who had been detained when they tried to cross into Iraq.

The two suspects were arrested as they stepped off the plane from Damascus.

The source added that the network set up several months ago" organised the "transfer to Iraq of persons who wanted to fight the international coalition", but it was unclear how many fighters had been sent through the Toulouse ring.

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Subject: French news, Terrorism, Iraq

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