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Turkey Bomb Suspects Deny al-Qaida Link

Attorneys for suspected members of a Turkish al-Qaida cell accused in last year’s suicide bombings in Istanbul acknowledged Tuesday that several of their clients traveled to Afghanistan and Chechnya, but denied they were linked to al-Qaida or the Istanbul attacks. On Tuesday, 12 suspects in the case appeared before an Istanbul court as part of preliminary hearings in the trial of 69 suspects accused in the bombings. The 12 are being charged with belonging to an armed group and are not key figures in the case. All 69 defendants are to appear before the court this week, although the defendants will not testify and the court is primarily dealing with technical issues, such as procedural arguments from attorneys. Full Story

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