Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away,
there was a leader of an al Qaeda-led group...who didn't exist:
A senior operative for al Qaeda in Iraq who was caught this month has told his U.S. military interrogators a prominent al Qaeda-led group is just a front and its leader fictitious, a military spokesman said on Wednesday.

Brigadier-General Kevin Bergner told a news conference that Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, leader of the self-styled Islamic State of Iraq, which was purportedly set up last year, did not exist. [...]
It's all been a dream. We'll wake up and Bobby Ewing will be in the shower:
[T]he information came from an operative called Khalid al-Mashadani who was caught on July 4 and who he said was an intermediary to Osama bin Laden. [...]

The Islamic State of Iraq was set up in October, comprising a group of Sunni militant affiliates and tribal leaders led by Baghdadi. In April, it named a 10-man "cabinet".

The Islamic State of Iraq has claimed many high-profile acts of violence.

But Bergner said Mashadani and Masri had co-founded a "virtual organization in cyberspace called the Islamic State of Iraq in 2006 as a new Iraqi pseudonym for AQI". [...]

"To make al-Baghdadi appear credible, al-Masri swore allegiance to al-Baghdadi and pledged to obey him, which is essentially pledging allegiance to himself since he knew Baghdadi was fictitious and a creation of his own," he said. [...]

But we actually heard his voice...didn't we?

Voice recordings purporting to be from Baghdadi have appeared on the Internet, although Bergner said he had been played by an actor. [...]

The U.S. military has always said al Qaeda in Iraq was run by foreigners.

Good lord, which looking-glass will we go through next?


At 10:53 AM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

I typed this entire post with my eyes closed because I'm still in bed asleep.

At 5:15 PM, Anonymous binzbok said...

So, if we don't defeat these imaginary foes over there, they'll follow us home and WON'T exist over here? Yeah, now I'm getting it.


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