(Image source: Al Jazeera)

 

BY NATHAN BYRNE

 

Another al-Qaeda operative off the most-wanted list, or a case of mistaken identity? Egyptian investigators arrested someone Wednesday morning and government officials say — they got their guy. Here’s CNN.

“ … Saif al-Adel was arriving from Pakistan and he was taken into custody at Cairo’s airport. He is believed to have spent years detained in Iran where the U.S. couldn’t get access to him.”

But Sky News reports — the man who was arrested says he’s not who authorities think he is.

“ … the man who was arrested claims he has been misidentified and is not the senior al Qaeda operative.”

MSNBC tries to clear up the confusion.

“The U.S. has listed the name Mohammed Ibrahim Makkawi as the real name of Saif al-Adel, a pseudonym that means ‘sword of justice.’ But former militants who know both men have previously said they are two different people and the U.S. identification is incorrect.”

The Associated Press reports U.S. officials don’t think the man arrested in Egypt is the same guy on the most-wanted list. BBC News runs down the résumé of the man wanted by the FBI.

“The former Egyptian army colonel was once Osama Bin Laden's security chief and is wanted by the US for the 1998 embassy bombings in East Africa. He was also suspected of training Somali fighters who killed 18 US servicemen in Mogadishu in 1993, and some of the 11 September 2001 hijackers.”

Al Jazeera adds …

“He travelled to Afghanistan in the 1980s to fight against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. He reportedly left the country after the September 11, 2001 attacks in the US, and was later detained in Iran.”

And RT says

“Al-Adel is allegedly affiliated with the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, an affiliate of Al Qaeda under worldwide embargo by the UN.”

The man who allegedly led al-Qaeda’s military operations is said to have been in charge of the entire organization briefly following Osama bin Laden’s death. But the Washington Post gives one reason why he may not have kept the top job — he didn’t get along with his boss.

“A former Egyptian military officer, he was considered a chief rival of Ayman al-Zawahiri’s, who took the helm of al-Qaeda after Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. Navy SEALs in a raid in 2011.”

The FBI lists Al-Adel as one of its most-wanted terrorists, and offers a reward of up to $5 million for information that leads to his arrest.

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Feb 29, 2012

Suspected Al Qaeda Leader Denies Identity After Arrest

(Image source: Al Jazeera)

 

BY NATHAN BYRNE

 

Another al-Qaeda operative off the most-wanted list, or a case of mistaken identity? Egyptian investigators arrested someone Wednesday morning and government officials say — they got their guy. Here’s CNN.

“ … Saif al-Adel was arriving from Pakistan and he was taken into custody at Cairo’s airport. He is believed to have spent years detained in Iran where the U.S. couldn’t get access to him.”

But Sky News reports — the man who was arrested says he’s not who authorities think he is.

“ … the man who was arrested claims he has been misidentified and is not the senior al Qaeda operative.”

MSNBC tries to clear up the confusion.

“The U.S. has listed the name Mohammed Ibrahim Makkawi as the real name of Saif al-Adel, a pseudonym that means ‘sword of justice.’ But former militants who know both men have previously said they are two different people and the U.S. identification is incorrect.”

The Associated Press reports U.S. officials don’t think the man arrested in Egypt is the same guy on the most-wanted list. BBC News runs down the résumé of the man wanted by the FBI.

“The former Egyptian army colonel was once Osama Bin Laden's security chief and is wanted by the US for the 1998 embassy bombings in East Africa. He was also suspected of training Somali fighters who killed 18 US servicemen in Mogadishu in 1993, and some of the 11 September 2001 hijackers.”

Al Jazeera adds …

“He travelled to Afghanistan in the 1980s to fight against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. He reportedly left the country after the September 11, 2001 attacks in the US, and was later detained in Iran.”

And RT says

“Al-Adel is allegedly affiliated with the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, an affiliate of Al Qaeda under worldwide embargo by the UN.”

The man who allegedly led al-Qaeda’s military operations is said to have been in charge of the entire organization briefly following Osama bin Laden’s death. But the Washington Post gives one reason why he may not have kept the top job — he didn’t get along with his boss.

“A former Egyptian military officer, he was considered a chief rival of Ayman al-Zawahiri’s, who took the helm of al-Qaeda after Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. Navy SEALs in a raid in 2011.”

The FBI lists Al-Adel as one of its most-wanted terrorists, and offers a reward of up to $5 million for information that leads to his arrest.

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