Reports: Israel deports American suspected to have ties with al Qaeda
Israel has recently deported a Palestinian with an American passport, suspected of having ties to Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network, the Israeli media reported Wednesday.
Khaled Nazem Diab, a 43-year-old resident of Qatar, was arrested at Ben Gurion International Airport several weeks ago by the Shin Bet security services and the police, Haaretz reported.
During his interrogation, which lasted several days and was carried out with FBI cooperation, he revealed that he was a member of Islamic charity organizations that were transferring money to the Palestinian Authority.
Diab had worked at an American charity group called al-Najada, that was closed after the September 11 bombings on charges of transferring funds to terrorist organizations, including Al-Qaeda.
In the past, Diab had stayed in Afghanistan, and had associated with sources affiliated with the Taliban, the reports said. After the interrogation, Israel deported Diab to the United States.
In another development, Yediot Ahronot daily reported that Israel's national soccer team was warned a day before an Oct. 12 game against Malta that a suspected al-Qaeda member had just been arrested on the island.
The daily, citing unidentified security sources in Rome, reported Wednesday that there were warnings at the time that al-Qaeda was trying to carry out an attack during the game. (Albawaba.com)
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