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Spain, Morocco Arrest 14 Suspected in IS Recruiting Ring

August 25, 2015

by VOA News

Authorities in Spain and Morocco arrested 14 people Tuesday they say were part of a network to recruit fighters to join the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

Spain's Interior Ministry said the arrests took place in San Martin de la Vega, just south of Madrid, and in five locations in northern Morocco -- Casablanca, Fez, Nador, Al Hoceima and Driouech.

The ministry did not give further details about those arrested and their alleged activities.

​​Spain has taken dozens of suspected militants into custody in recent years, including in March when authorities arrested eight people they said were operating as a propaganda arm for the Islamic State group within Spain.

The country's military has also been participating in the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against Islamic State militants over the course of the past year.

The European Union, which includes Spain, and the Arab League, which has Morocco as a member, launched an anti-terrorism program in January to share information on suspected terrorists and possible attacks.

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