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Prosecutors seek former Italy resident as IS fighter in Iraq

Associated Press Associated Press 18/11/2016
Prosecutor Pietro Forno, left, is flanked by Digos executive Claudio Ciccimarra as they attend a news conference at the Milan's court, Italy, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. Milan prosecutors say they are investigating a former Moroccan resident of Italy, now living in Iraq, as a foreign fighter for Islamic State. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) © The Associated Press Prosecutor Pietro Forno, left, is flanked by Digos executive Claudio Ciccimarra as they attend a news conference at the Milan's court, Italy, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. Milan prosecutors say they are investigating a former Moroccan resident of Italy, now living in Iraq, as a foreign fighter for Islamic State. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

MILAN — Italian prosecutors say they are investigating a former resident of Italy, now living in Iraq, as a foreign fighter for the Islamic State group.

Prosecutors said Friday they have issued an arrest warrant for Ahmed Taskour, who moved to Iraq two years ago with his wife and children, ages 11 and 15.

According to prosecutors, the 47-year-old Moroccan had been living an "apparently normal life" outside of Milan with a steady job at a cleaning company before his radicalization.

They said they suspect Taskour participated in Islamic State's propaganda, citing a home video of his younger child spouting anti-West slogans after last year's terror attacks in Paris.

Italy has been monitoring dozens of suspected foreign fighters as part of stepped-up measures to prevent attacks on Italian soil.

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