Seven in French Custody for Suspected Ties with Radical Islamists

Five suspected radical Islamists who allegedly trained in hopes of joining the Iraqi insurgency were held for questioning in southern France. Seven other men went on trial in Paris on Wednesday suspected of involvement in an al-Qaeda recruitment network also aimed at Iraq. Seven people were taken into custody in the cities of Toulouse, Montpellier and Carcassonne; two of those picked up were subsequently released. Police have alleged that some French youths with North African-roots may be traveling to Iraq via Algeria and Morocco.