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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Baghdadi Says He Wasn't Captured

I noted previously, to a comment about why I hadn't posted about the capture of the head of Al-Qa‘ida in Iraq, Abu ‘Umar al-Baghdadi, that there were a lot of questions about whether he had really been captured. Now The Islamic State in Iraq, as it is officially known, has not only denied he's been captured but says the photo being circulated is not of him, and an audio tape has been released as well. So my hesitancy about calling attention to an unproven claim seems to have been prudent.

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