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Saturday, July 08, 2006

Who is Abu Hamza al-Muhajer and where is he?

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.

"Sharif Hazaa [al-Muhajir] is in Tura prison, and I met him two days ago while I was visiting some of my clients," Ismail, a lawyer known for defending Islamist groups, told the newspaper.

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."

Zarqawi successor 'in Egypt jail'
Aljazeera.Net, July 6, 2006

Asks The Truth Will Set You Free:
Does that mean Mubarek gets the $5 million bounty the US has on “al-Masri’s” head?
Personally, I am less concerned with President Hosni Mubarak's financial situation than I am with how we perceive the overall war on terror and the information that emerges about it. According to the CNN report on a recent audio tape released by Osama Bin Laden:

On the tape, bin Laden also names Abu Hamza al-Muhajer as the new leader of al Qaeda in Iraq and wishes him luck.

"Our brothers, the mujahedeen in the al Qaeda organization, have chosen the dear brother Abu Hamza al-Muhajer as their leader to succeed the Amir Abu Musab al-Zarqawi," bin Laden says. "I advise him to focus his fighting on the Americans and everyone who supports them and allies himself with them in their war on the people of Islam and Iraq."

U.S. officials have said the leader of the group is a man named Abu Ayyub al-Masri. Senior military sources say al-Masri and al-Muhajer are the same person.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday authorized a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the capture of al-Masri.

Tape: Bin Laden tells Sunnis to fight Shiites in Iraq
Octavia Nasr, CNN, July 2, 2006

These contradictory reports definitely justify the question of whether or not the Bin Laden tape is a fake. But even if it is not - should we trust him?

It is peculiar how we have been conditioned to believe the enemy every time they give out any information signifying some evil intent on their part. Osama Bin Laden is, according to the offical story, an evil genius capable of unspeakable atrocities. Wouldn't you think lying and deception could also be part of his arsenal?

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