September 5, 2003


Al Jazeera said police detained Tayseer Alouni, who shot to fame in the Arab world covering the U.S.-led war on Afghanistan and then the Iraq war, at his home in Granada in southern Spain.

It said Alouni and his wife were Spanish citizens.

Spanish police sources confirmed they had arrested Alouni.

“Alouni had been arrested in Granada…in principle for connections with Islamic terrorist organizations,” one source told Reuters, but gave no further details.

The source said Alouni had been arrested on the orders of Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon, best known for an unsuccessful bid to put former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet on trial.

Alouni’s wife, who was not named, told al Jazeera in an interview that a Spanish police warrant had charged her husband with having links to an al Qaeda cell that was captured in the country.

I’d like to say that I’m shocked by this, but, well, I’m not.

UPDATE: Then there’s this:

NEW YORK (AP) – A second son of a former Iraqi diplomat was charged Friday with providing information to Iraqi agents about Iraqi dissidents living in the United States, prosecutors said.

Wisam Noman Al-Anbuge, 24, pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. He appeared before Judge Michael Mukasey along with his brother, Raed Rokan Al-Anbuge, who was arrested earlier this year on the same charge.

Both men are sons of Rokan Al-Anbuge, Iraq’s former liaison with United Nations weapons inspectors.

Hmm. At least we know where Raed is, now. . . . (Emphasis added.)

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