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Spain Holds 17 Suspects Over Iraq Attacks

Masked members of Spanish security forces escort a veiled woman arrested early on 10 January 2006 (epa) 10 January 2006 -- Spanish authorities have arrested as many as 17 people suspected of helping to recruit Islamist militants to carry out attacks in Iraq.

A report carried on Spain's public-service radio says arrests were made in the Madrid and Barcelona areas and in the Basque region.

No officials were immediately available for comment.

Those arrested reportedly included the imam of a mosque. One suspect is thought to be linked to an attack on an Italian military police base in southern Iraq.

Suicide bombers devastated the Italian base in November 2003, killing 18 Italians and nine Iraqis.


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