January 15, 2014
A total of 17 jihadists, most of them residents in Ceuta, have traveled from Spain to Syria to fight in the ongoing civil war has revealed the Real Instituto Elcano. For this reason, the Spanish National Intelligence Center (CNI) has been in contact with representatives of the Syrian regime of Bashar Al Assad to request information on these citizens who have moved to Syria to fight the war, given the risk that they may return to their country and turn into a threat.
La Informacion War (In Spanish): http://noticias.lainformacion.com/mundo/el-cni-espanol-pide-al-regimen-de-al-assad-datos-de-yihadistas-de-ceuta-en-siria_dRMtha1s0YxCoPtMesTV37/
12 May 2013
The National Intelligence Center (CNI) has ordered the expulsion from Spain of the Moroccan and Muslim leader Noureddin Ziani for threat on national security. Ziani is, according to Al Pais, helping the Democratic Convergence of Catalonia (CDC) in their appeal to the independence of the numerous Islamic communities of Catalonia”. The director of CNI-General Felix Sanz Roldan stated in the order of expulsion that Ziani is “a very important collaborator of a foreign intelligence service since 2000, ” in a clear reference to the General Directorate for Research and Documentation (DGED) of Morocco.Ziani, born in Oujda, has been living for the last 14 years in Barcelona, where he presides the Union of Islamic Cultural Centers in Catalonia (UCCIC), a Muslim partnership who teaches Arabic and distributes aid to families, especially in Ramadan (month of Islamic fasting).
Fourteen suspected Islamic militants were arrested in Spain on January 19th, and may have been planning a terrorist act in Barcelona, according to interior minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba. Rubalcaba said more arrests were expected, and the country was on high security alert. Searches of the suspects’ homes uncovered suspicious material, including four timers. Those arrested include 12 Pakistani nationals and two persons from India. Civil guard officers made the arrests as part of raids planned in connection to the National Intelligence Center.