Jordan releases Top Al Qaeda Cleric

by Infidelesto on March 18, 2008 · 1 comment

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Al Qaeda in Iraq founder, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s spiritual mentor was released from prison in Jordan for “humanitarian” reasons due to supposed declining health.

WASHINGTON, March 18 (UPI) — Jordanian authorities have quietly released one of the ideological leaders of global terrorism, the alleged spiritual mentor of al-Qaida in Iraq’s founder.

Isam Mohammed Taher al-Barqawi, better known as Sheik Abu Mohammed al-Maqdisi, was released last week, a Jordanian official confirmed to United Press International.

He had been held in solitary confinement without charge or trial since July 2005, according to human-rights groups, and had recently been on hunger strike.

Maybe his health is bad because of his hunger-strike? just a thought…

The official who spoke to UPI had no direct knowledge of any deal but said, “We would not have released him if we believed he was going to go back to inciting” would-be extremists.

And what makes you believe he’s suddenly changed his ways?

“If he goes back at it, I’m pretty sure he would be arrested again,” the official said.

Al-Maqdisi spent four years, 1995-99, jailed with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Jordanian who later went on to pledge fealty to Osama bin Laden and founded al-Qaida in Iraq before being killed in a U.S. airstrike in 2006.

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  • ERS

    Jordan seems to have birthed and cultivated quite a number of terrorists. Al Zarqawi himself was Jordanian and named himself after his home town of Zarqa.

    Ellen R. Sheeley, Author
    “Reclaiming Honor in Jordan”