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Police Detain Suspected Islamic Terrorists in Northern Italy

(Global Insight) Reports have emerged this morning that at least ten suspected Islamic militants have been detained in the northern Italian city of Milan, following a court order from a city judge. The Ansa news agency claims that the detainees are suspected of connections to and the financing of the extremist Algerian Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC). This group has long been suspected of having cells in northern Italy. Earlier in 2007, the main cell in Algeria shifted its status, claiming to be the north African branch of al-Qaida, apparently confirming a trend of new alliances with shared jihadist ambitions overcoming traditional animosity. The GSPC is also believed to have links to North African groups in Spain and Norway and one of the detainees, according to reports, was the Tunisian, Essid Sami Ben Khemais, who has already been sentenced to a six-and-a-half-year prison term. It is not clear at this stage whether any attacks were being planned by the group. Significance: The security services have been increasingly insistent that Italy is likely to suffer a terrorist attack at some stage, by nature of its Western status and foreign policy decisions. The country was threatened online by extremist groups over its NATO deployment in Afghanistan and the presence of Italian troops in Iraq continues to cause concern that militant Islamic groups in Italy are planning an attack. Arrests such as these are becoming increasingly common, partly, though, as a result of years of labour by intelligence and security agencies bearing fruit, although the organisation and communication of extremist groups has improved.

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June 8, 2007 - Posted by | Blogroll, news, personal, politics, random, religion, Terrorism, Terrorism In The U.S., Terrorism News, Uncategorized, War-On-Terror

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