7 al-Qaida recruiters arrested in Spain and Morocco

The Spanish Ministry of Interior said the arrest was "the most important" disruption to date of an Islamist militant cell sending fighters to Syria.
By JC Finley Follow @JC_Finley Contact the Author   |   March 14, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Spanish and Moroccan authorities arrested seven suspected Islamist militants accused of recruiting and sending al-Qaida fighters to Syria and Mali.

The Spanish Ministry of Interior said the arrested included a Spaniard, two Frenchman, a Tunisian, and three Moroccans.

Spanish citizen Mustafa Maya Amaya was identified as the cell's leader and met recently with French citizens Paul Cadic and Farik Cheikh, whom the interior ministry said were preparing to leave for Syria to join al-Qaida-affiliated forces.

Some of the arrested had returned from Syria and other conflict zones.


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