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Italian Police Arrest 6 Men Suspected of Ties to Al Qaeda

The Italian police have arrested six men in the northern cities of Milan and Parma for suspected links to international terrorism and possession of false documents, a police spokeswoman said today. Four of the men — two Kurds, an Egyptian and a Somali — were picked up late Monday night by the Italian antiterrorism police, according to the spokeswoman, Alessandra Simone. Tonight, the police arrested a Muslim cleric from Tunisia and another man identified only as being from North Africa. According to the police, the six are Islamic radicals connected to both Al Qaeda and Ansar al-Islam, a militant group in northeastern Iraq that is said to have links with Al Qaeda. Ansar was ousted from its territory last weekend in an assault by American warplanes, Special Forces soldiers and indigenous Kurdish fighters. Full Story

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