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Italy Probes Possible al-Qaida Link
Europe Daily ^ | July 29 2002 | AP

Posted on 07/29/2002 4:26:29 PM PDT by knighthawk

ROME (AP) — Italian police are trying to learn if a document-forging operation in Turin served as a logistical base for al-Qaida, authorities said Monday.

The document center, an apartment in a Turin neighborhood populated by many illegal immigrants, was raided in December, said Luciano Nigro, a Turin police precinct chief, and investigation into its operations have been going on since.

On Monday, La Stampa, a Turin daily, reported that police believe the place furnished documents for recruits for al-Qaida, Osama bin Laden's terrorist network.

``I don't have proof,'' Nigro told The Associated Press, but ``we are investigating.''

Nigro said police had arrested two Moroccan sisters, with counterfeit money and falsfied documents, who were in the apartment in December. He said the Moroccan boyfriend of one of the sisters had eluded police.

The police official described the apartment as a ``workshop for false documents.'' Dozens of blank identification cards and false residency permits were seized, as well as a printer and typewriters.

Nigro declined to give other details. La Stampa said forged passports and IDs from Morocco and other Arab nations were found.

Italy has emerged in investigations over the last two years as an important logistical base for al-Qaida, bin Laden's terror network. Seven Tunisians were tried and convicted in Milan earlier this year for providing documents and other logistical support to al-Qaida recruits. Another four North Africans have been indicted on the same charges.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
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1 posted on 07/29/2002 4:26:29 PM PDT by knighthawk
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2 posted on 07/29/2002 4:27:14 PM PDT by knighthawk
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L’UOMO ERA IN CONTATTO CON UNA MOSCHEA Stamperia clandestina per i militanti di Al Qaeda Scoperta a Torino, «produceva documenti perfetti». In fuga un marocchino. The story says the documents the group produced were perfect, indistinguishable from valid ones.
3 posted on 07/29/2002 6:11:43 PM PDT by aristeides
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Thanks for the catch. It means these are not 'just some amateurs' a lot of people would like us to believe.
4 posted on 07/29/2002 6:35:37 PM PDT by knighthawk
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To: knighthawk
Good find...the Italians seem to be on the ball in catching the bad GALS ANd GUYS!!
5 posted on 07/29/2002 7:59:51 PM PDT by crazykatz
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In light of the false passports, etc, this article is worth a look as it mentions an Italian al Qaeda/Ansar al Islam cell using Syria as a conduit for their recruits to fight in Iraq

Al-Qaeda suspect arrested in Italy

6 posted on 05/13/2003 10:44:43 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: aristeides
When I lived in Italy 20 years ago there were 'marocchini' carrying rugs to sell door to door EVERYWHERE! I guess that was the advance group, eh?
7 posted on 05/13/2003 11:02:20 PM PDT by sorrisi
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