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Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Zarqawi Mentor Maqdisi Free AgainJordan has once again freed Sheik Abu Mohammed al-Maqdisi, mentor of the late and unlamented Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. This isn't the first time. They first arrested him in 2005, then released him. He promptly re-established contact with terrorist networks and was arrested again. The machinations in this case clearly illustrate the problems we have in securing consistent policies and official action on terrorism among even our closest allies.
For some background, I give you the passage below, taken from an August 3, 2005 State Department cable:
MAQDISI RE-ARRESTED AFTER BRIEF RESPITE
As time permits, I'm working on a chart of Zarqawi's Jordanian cell network based on various U.S. government documents I've obtained. More to follow.
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ISIS: THE STATE
Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger co-author the forthcoming book, "ISIS: The State of Terror," from Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins. The book, which will debut in early 2015, will examine the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, its potential fall, how it is transforming the nature of extremist movements, and how we should evaluate the threat it presents. Jessica Stern is a Harvard lecturer on terrorism and the author of the seminal text Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill. J.M. Berger is author of the definitive book on American jihadists, Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam, a frequent contributor to Foreign Policy, and editor of Intelwire.com.