From MSNBC, with thanks to all who sent this in:
In France, Tuesday, security agents detained seven people suspected of helping funnel Islamic militants into Iraq. In Mainz, Germany, this weekend, police arrested an alleged al-Qaida operative who is also accused of recruiting for Iraq. He is alleged to be a key al-Qaida recruiter who was living in an apartment building on a quiet street. Also arrested: a Palestinian allegedly headed to fight in Iraq.
U.S. officials tell NBC News that the recruiter, Ibrahim Mohammed Khalil, is an al-Qaida facilitator who trained in camps in Afghanistan, fought there after 9/11 and was sent back to Germany. There, both U.S. and German intelligence monitored him.
“He also had contact to the leadership of al-Qaida, including Osama bin Laden,” says Kay Nehm, the German federal prosecutor working the case.
Experts say the arrest underscores al-Qaida’s interest in the war in Iraq.
“It demonstrates that Europe is the central recruitment ground for al-Qaida when it comes to finding jihadists to fight in Iraq,” says NBC terror analyst Roger Cressey.