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Al Qaida operative jailed: Radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada was sent back to prison this week after officials said he was preparing to flee Britain. Qatada, known as “Osama bin Laden’s ambassador in Europe,” was first jailed in 2002, on charges of raising money for extremist groups and supporting terrorism. He was released last June on limited house arrest and banned from attending any mosque or giving lectures. But the British government said this week it had evidence, which it declined to reveal, that Qatada was planning to take off. Qatada, a Jordanian citizen, has been tied to convicted shoe bomber Richard Reid and to “20th hijacker” Zacarias Moussaoui, the only man convicted in the 9/11 attacks.

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