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Monday, May 28, 2007
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via the AP: Spain Arrests 15 on Terror Charges

Fifteen North Africans were arrested in Spain on Monday on suspicion of recruiting volunteers to fight in Iraq and other countries.

Spain’s Interior Ministry said computer material, jihad propaganda and several cell phones were seized during at least five pre-dawn raids throughout Spain. No arms or explosives were discovered.

Thirteen of the 15 were Moroccan and two were from Algeria, according to the statement, which said the group was operating as a cell that allegedly send money and fighters to different terrorist organizations in north Africa, Iraq and other countries.

When one wonders “why Spain?” one must remember:

Al-Qaida has frequently claimed that it intends to recover ‘’al-Andalus,'’ a reference to the vast area of Spain ruled by the Moors for 800 years until 1492.

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  1. Man what? “al-Andalus?”

    The article is about recruiting people to fight in third countries, not in Spain. How on earth would recruiting people to fight in Iraq restore Andalusia to Muslim rule? It wouldn’t. What we have here is Muslim recruiters targeting Muslim immigrants because they’re the natural recruiting pool. It could and does happen anywhere there’s a Muslim community.

    Comment by Jim Henley — Monday, May 28, 2007 @ 10:43 am

  2. Granted.

    My point was that one of the main reasons is easier to radicalize Muslims in Spain is because of the whole Andalusia business.

    There has been a great deal of activity and arrests in Spain–moreso than say, France, or other states in the region that also receive a great number of muslim immigrants. I think that the whole reclaiming of the Caliphate issue is a propaganda aid to al Qaeda types. I don’t see why that would be a stretch.

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Monday, May 28, 2007 @ 10:54 am

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