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Hundreds of Recruits Ready to Retaliate, Europe Warns

Spanish police arrest an alleged al-Qaeda member in Barcelona last Friday. European investigators have evidence that over the past six months Islamic militants have been recruiting hundreds of Muslims to carry out attacks in the event of a war against Iraq. A French anti-terrorism expert, who requested anonymity, said one threat to Europe came from radical groups that have links with Chechnya and have learned how to make chemical weapons at training camps in Afghanistan or while serving in the Soviet army. He said Chechnya was a kind of “neo-Afghanistan”, a new training ground and staging area for anti-Western terrorists. His thesis, he said, has been validated by new information about intense recruiting and training and a focus on chemical weapons. Spanish and British police reported finding chemical protection suits during raids last week in Barcelona and London. Full Story

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