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TUNIS, (Reuters) – A Tunisian court jailed nine men for up to 6 years for trying to join al Qaeda fighters in Iraq, having military training outside Tunisia and recruiting others to fight U.S.-led forces in Iraq, a lawyer said on Friday.

“Court of first instance in Tunis sentenced to terms of between 3 and 6 years nine youths,” defence lawyer Samir Ben Amor told Reuters.

Lawyers said about 2,000 people have been arrested since 2003 on terrorism charges, including recruiting fighters for the Iraqi insurgency.

The Justice Ministry says the number does not exceed 400.

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