Argentine arrested in Spain for jihadist recruitment
Spain’s police arrested an Argentine national who converted to Islam yesterday in a raid against an international network that recruited jihadists for the terrorist organization Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIL).
The detainee, identified as César Raúl Rodríguez, born in Santiago del Estero province in 1989, was arrested in Madrid along with other eight members of the terrorist cell, called “Al Andalus Brigade” by its members.
Spain’s Interior Minister said in a press release that the jihadist organization is one of the main militants suppliers for ISIL, and explained that the dismantled terrorist cell worked in “financing, recruitment, indoctrination” of militants.
The authorities said that the group had already sent nine jihadists to join ISIL in Iraqi and Syrian ground.
The leader of the ring is the Moroccan national Lahcen Ikassrien, 47, was one of the detainees. He has previously been arrested in Afghanistan in 2001 and released after three-and-a-half years in Guantánamo.
Argentine diplomatic authorities in Spain said they had not received any formal notice of Rodriguez’s arrest yet.
• Lahcen Ikassrien, Moroccan national, born in Alhucemas (Morocco), in 1967.
• Mohamed Khalouk Darouani, Spanish national, born in Larache (Morocco), in 1981.
• Abdeslam El Haddouti, Moroccan national, born in Tetuán (Morocco), in 1979.
• Nabil Benazzou Benhaddou, Spanish national, born in Casablanca (Morocco), in 1972.
• César Raúl Rodríguez, Argentine national, born in Santiago del Estero (Argentina), in 1989.
• Mohamed Boukhalef, Moroccan national, born in Tetuán (Morocco), in 1984.
• Oialae Chergui, Moroccan national, born in Asilah (Morocco), in 1988.
• Younes Zayyad, Moroccan national, born in Marrakech (Morocco), in 1984.
• Deniz Ibryam Redzheb, Bulgarian national, born in Rusa (Bulgaria), in 1979.