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France holds 'jihad recruiters'
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Iraqi insurgents have been joined by fighters from abroad
Police in France are holding two suspected Islamist militants believed to have helped send volunteer fighters to Iraq, French officials say.

One of them - 39-year-old Said al-Maghrebi - had been sought by police for months. He was detained in Montreuil, a Paris suburb.

The other suspect was arrested in Marseilles, while three others detained in the operation were later released.

Mr Maghrebi is reported to have trained with al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.

In January, 11 suspected Islamic militants were arrested in France, including Farid Benyettou, who police believe is a senior figure behind recruiting fighters for jihad - or holy war - in Iraq.

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