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Spanish police arrest Algerian-Irish man wanted by US for recruiting for al-Qaida group

FILE - In this Monday, March, 15, 2010 file photo, Ali Charaf Damache arrives at the courthouse in Waterford Ireland. An Algerian-Irish man accused of recruiting an American woman who called herself "Jihad Jane" and plotting to kill a Swedish artist has been arrested in Spain, officials said Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. Ali Charaf Damache was arrested Thursday, Dec. 10 in Barcelona based on a U.S. warrant issued stating he was a suspected recruiter for an Islamic extremist group, according to the Interior Department for the northeastern region of Catalonia. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, File)

FILE - In this Monday, March, 15, 2010 file photo, Ali Charaf Damache arrives at the courthouse in Waterford Ireland. An Algerian-Irish man accused of recruiting an American woman who called herself "Jihad Jane" and plotting to kill a Swedish artist has been arrested in Spain, officials said Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. Ali Charaf Damache was arrested Thursday, Dec. 10 in Barcelona based on a U.S. warrant issued stating he was a suspected recruiter for an Islamic extremist group, according to the Interior Department for the northeastern region of Catalonia. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, File)  (The Associated Press)

Spanish authorities say police have arrested a suspected recruiter for an Islamic extremist group on a warrant issued by the United States.

Catalonia's regional interior department said Friday that Ali Charaf Damache, of Algerian-Irish nationality, was arrested in the regional capital of Barcelona.

The department said Damache was wanted by U.S. authorities in connection with emails sent in the United States between 2009 and 2010 that indicated he was recruiting for al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb and was trying to establish cells.

It said the man was taken to the National Court in Madrid on Friday and was provisionally jailed while his extradition is reviewed.

His arrest Thursday came after police were informed he was in Barcelona and noticed he was changing hotel every few days.