- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 10, 2006

In a major pre-dawn raid in Madrid, Barcelona and the Basque region yesterday, Spanish authorities arrested 20 suspected radical Islamists who allegedly recruited and trained militants to send to Iraq.

Spanish Interior Minister Jose Antonio Alonso said there were “strong indications” of a link between a 2003 attack on an Italian military base in Nasiriya, the BBC reported, that killed 18 Italian soldiers and nine Iraqis, and some of the suspects arrested yesterday.

According to Spanish authorities, 15 were Moroccans, three were Spaniards, one was Turkish and one Algerian.

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