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Spain indicts 22 connected to terrorist recruiting group

[JURIST] Spanish anti-terror judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] issued indictments for 22 people on charges of participating in or collaborating with a terrorist organization that recruits fighters to aid al Qaeda in Iraq, the Spanish National Court said Tuesday. According to prosecutors, those recruited are sent to Egypt to learn Arabic and religion before being sent to Iraq to take part in terror attacks by way of a network of cells in Saudi Arabia and Syria. France is currently detaining six men for participating in a similar scheme.

Among those indicted in Spain is Omar Nackhcha, the suspected head of the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat [Council on Foreign Relations backgrounder], who is also accused of helping those involved in the 2004 Madrid train bombings [JURIST news archive] avoid prosecution. AP has more.

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