After Istanbul, A Wave Of Arrests

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Badat, left, may have links with shoe bomber Richard Reid. Mahdjoub, far right, and Fouad are suspected of recruiting jihadists destined for Iraq

Did the Nov. 20 suicide bombings of British targets in Istanbul trigger a Europe-wide crackdown? Eleven terror suspects were taken into custody in Western Europe last week — three in Italy, seven in Britain, and one in Germany — as a top Italian antiterror official told time that terror groups "are trying to move closer to [striking in] European territory." Security agencies were on high alert; Italian officials even discussed closing the Rome and Milan metros in the final 48 hours of Ramadan.

But authorities say last week's arrests were the culmination of long investigations, not hasty responses...

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