Syrian arrested in Germany over Qaeda propaganda

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German authorities said Wednesday they arrested a Syrian suspected recruiter for Al-Qaeda who allegedly used the Internet to fish for new members for the militant Islamist network.

The federal prosecutor's office said in a statement that the accused, identified only as Hussam S., had been detained Sunday in the western German town of Montabaur.

"The accused is strongly suspected of working to recruit members or supporters for Al-Qaeda, Al-Qaeda in Iraq, Al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb and the Islamic Jihad Union," the statement said.

"The purpose of his activities was allegedly to recruit new members and supporters for the cited organisations and their 'jihad'."

Hussam M. is believed to have used Internet forums and blogs belonging to the German section of the "Global Islamic Media Front" and the "Al-Ansar Media Battalion" since 2007 to attract militants to the various Al-Qaeda groups.

And since February 2009, he allegedly distributed audio, video and text propaganda from "Islamist terrorist groups" as the administrator of a German-language Internet forum.

Prosecutors said he was suspected of about 100 counts of posting criminal propaganda material online.

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