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Dutch Start Trial of Suspected Islamic Militants

Twelve suspected Islamic militants accused of helping to recruit al Qaeda fighters in the Netherlands went on trial on Monday on a string of charges including “helping the enemy in a time of armed conflict.” The men, who were arrested in raids across the Netherlands last year, are suspected members of the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat, which is fighting the Algerian government. They are accused of providing financial and logistical support to al Qaeda and recruiting fighters for a “holy war,” including two Dutchmen killed in January 2002 in an encounter with Indian soldiers in Kashmir. The Dutch secret service has warned that Islamic militants linked to Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network, which Washington blames for the September 11, 2001 attacks, are recruiting young men in mosques, cafes and prisons to fight the United States. Full Story

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