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Germany Holds Iraqi Man, Suspected Al-Qaida Conduit


Federal prosecutors in Germany say police have arrested an Iraqi man suspected of distributing video and audio messages recorded by al-Qaida leaders.

Prosecutors say the 36-year-old Iraqi, identified only as Ibrahim R., was arrested Tuesday near the western city of Osnabrueck. He is accused of spreading via the Internet a series of audio and video messages from al-Qaida leaders, including Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, the number-two leader in the terrorist network.

The man is facing charges including aiding and supporting a terrorist organization. He will be brought before a judge on Wednesday.

Video and audio message from Bin Laden and Zawahiri have repeatedly threatened western countries, including the United States, with violent attacks.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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