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Terror Suspect Linked to Hamburg Cell

Italy arrests Moroccan Mohamed Daki and says evidence shows he had ties to the German Al Qaeda unit that planned Sept. 11 attacks. Police have linked a suspect in a recently dismantled Al Qaeda cell in Italy to the Hamburg terrorist group that plotted the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, according to Italian authorities. As a result, Italian police are working with German and U.S. counterparts to follow the Sept. 11 leads and piece together a case that exemplifies the interconnected world of Al Qaeda. In late March, police arrested six suspects in three Italian cities and charged them with recruiting Muslims for terrorist training camps in Iraq. Those camps, operated by Ansar al Islam, were cited by the United States as one of the reasons for going to war in Iraq. The camps were recently overrun by U.S. and Kurdish troops. Last weekend, police arrested a seventh suspect in the Italian case, a Moroccan named Mohamed Daki. Detectives have determined that Daki once lived in Hamburg, where he was questioned by investigators after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks because of his ties to the Hamburg cell, according to a judicial order obtained by the Los Angeles Times. Daki, 38, admitted he knew several Hamburg plotters, including Ramzi Binalshibh, the Yemeni being held in U.S. custody as a key planner of the Sept. 11 attacks, according to the April 4 court document. Daki told Italian police he let Binalshibh use his address to register with German immigration authorities. Full Story

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