Thursday, July 06, 2006

Zarqawi successor 'in Egypt jail'

Here's a fun little item from Al-Jazeera

"Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, the purported successor of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi as leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, is in an Egyptian prison and not Iraq, a lawyer has claimed.

Egyptian newspaper Al-Masri al-Yawm has quoted Mamduh Ismail as saying he met al-Muhajir, also known as Sharif Hazaa, or Abu Ayub al-Masri, in Tura prison in Cairo, where he has been held for seven years.


Al-Muhajir is on the "most wanted" list issued by the Iraqi government last week. The US military in Iraq has put a $5million price on his head. The US army media centre in Iraq said: "We cannot comment on the news that ... al-Masri is in an Egyptian prison and not in Iraq, we have to clarify that from the Egyptian government."

Source    (Emphasis added by me.)

If true this makes me wonder about how come he's organising all those bombings in Iraq? I really really really wish I could have watched the face of whoever it was in the US army media centre in Iraq who had to answer questions about this.


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