Italian Anti-Terror Ops Target 14 in Suspected Network Backing Syrian Islamists

Italian Police escort would-be migrants believed to be from North Africa as they are disembarked off a ferry boat in the Sicilian port of Porto Empedocle, Italy, early Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011 after their boat reached the island of Lampedusa from North Africa. Italy has ferried hundreds of Tunisians off …
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MILAN (AP) — Italian police have launched anti-terrorism operations across the country in the hunt for 14 suspects linked to a network supporting Islamic extremists in Syria.

Prosecutors said Thursday that police were exercising arrest warrants for four suspected militants, one Syrian and three Moroccans, in Sardinia; and elsewhere in the country for 10 Syrians suspected of money laundering and other financial crimes linked to terror financing.

Italy’s top anti-terror prosecutor Federico Cafiero de Raho told Sky TG24 that the suspects belong to a single cell that was “collecting and distributing considerable funds to Syria to support the war.” He said all were legal residents of Italy.

Police video showed officers exercising the arrest warrants in the pre-dawn hours. It was not immediately clear how many people had been taken into custody.

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