Monday, September 25, 2006

Al-Qaeda Big Omar al-Faruq Killed

(Basra, Iraq) Formerly a leader in Jemaah Islamiya and a July 2005 escapee from Bagram prison in Afghanistan, Omar al-Faruq was killed by British forces in southern city of Basra today. Faruq was killed while resisting arrest during a pre-dawn raid by about 200 British troops.

Faruq was an active and important terrorist, having worked with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in the Philippines before beginning his career as an important liason for al-Qaeda in Southeast Asia. He admitted during questioning to being responsible for a series of church bombings in Indonesia in 2000 and several unsuccessful terrorist plots in 1999 and 2000.

Illustrating his close relationship to al-Qaeda leadership, Omar al-Faruq, aka Mehmood Ahmed Mohammed, escorted Ayman al-Zawahiri on a tour of Aceh, Indonesia, in 2000.

Cheers to the Brits on their success.

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