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Bashar Assad

Trial for ranking French IS fighter in recruiting network

Accused of running a network to recruit French extremists to fight in Syria, designated a terrorist by the United States and a fugitive by his homeland, Salim Benghalem promised to only return to France to carry out an attack "with a maximum of damage."

Benghalem went on trial in absentia Tuesday along with six men in France. The 35-year-old Benghalem, who is believed to be in Syria, has been linked with Cherif Kouachi, who along with his brother attacked the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris in January.

Less than three weeks after the Nov. 13 attacks killed 130 people in Paris, tensions remained high Tuesday at the city's main courthouse. Benghalem,...