Four Arrested in Spain, Morocco for Alleged Islamic State Ties – Including Former Gitmo Detainee

by Jon Street  |  published on February 24, 2016

Spanish and Moroccan police on Tuesday arrested four suspected members of a jihadi cell that sought to recruit fighters for the Islamic State group, including one described as a former Guantanamo detainee who once fought with militants in Afghanistan.

Three people were arrested in Spain’s North African enclave city of Ceuta while a Moroccan was arrested in the Moroccan border town of Farkhana, next to Melilla, Spain’s other North African enclave, statements from the two nations’ interior ministries said.

One of those detained in Ceuta was the former Guantanamo detainee who was not named by Spanish authorities but described as “a leader who was trained in handling weapons, explosives and in military tactics.” After being captured in 2002 and held in Guantanamo, he was returned to Spain in 2004, said Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz.

Another suspect was the brother of a fighter who blew himself up during an attack in Syria and man detained Tuesday “was inclined to do the same thing,” he said.

The suspects had set up contacts to try to acquire weapons and bomb-making materials and were aiming “to carry out terrorist acts in Spanish territory,” the Spanish ministry statement said, without specifying possible targets.

  • BlessedtoServe

    this….and he wants to close gitmo….yeah right.

  • RuFus92

    Another example of Obamas’ catch and release program. All those released should be placed on a plane then be asked to exit at 35,000 feet above the Atlantic on the trip home.

  • 83ragtop50

    Please, oh please tell me it isn’t so, Mr. Obama. You told me those being released are just poor ole mistreated thugs.

  • Karll

    The remaining Gitmo terrorists should be executed.

  • dearhound

    allright, that’s the first and the’ll be more to come

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