Police say five suspected radical Islamists are being held for questioning in southern France.VIA ISLAM IN EUROPE - WHO HAS MORE.
The police and judicial officials say the five had allegedly trained for combat in hopes of joining the Iraqi insurgency. Seven other men went on trial in Paris on Wednesday, suspected of involvement in an al-Qaida-linked recruitment network, also aimed at Iraq.
A threatening new message from Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden has raised concerns that the organization is plotting attacks in Europe.
The message, released Wednesday, accuses Pope Benedict of helping in a "new Crusade" against Islam.
It also warns of a "severe" reaction to European publication of cartoons seen by Muslims as insulting Islam's Prophet Muhammad.
In the latest French arrests, seven people were taken into custody Tuesday in the southern cities of Toulouse, Montpellier and Carcassonne, police and judicial officials said on condition of anonymity.
Two of those picked up were released Wednesday; the others were still being held.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
ASPIRING JIHADOTERRORISTS BUSTED IN SOUTHERN FRANCE
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