"But Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi was a triple-agent leading an extraordinary life on the front line of America’s war against militant Islam. An
investigation by The Times has revealed that the trainee doctor became an open and public supporter of al-Qaeda, secretly pretended to work for
Jordanian intelligence but ultimately sacrificed his life for the cause of jihad.
On December 30 al-Balawi infiltra-ted Forward Operating Base Chapman in Khost province near the Pakistan border. He detonated explosives strapped to
his body and killed seven CIA agents and his Jordanian handler, Ali bin Zaid, an army captain and distant cousin of King Abdullah II. The Hashemite
monarch, his wife, and other Royal Family members attended bin Zaid’s funeral on Friday.
A Jordanian official admitted yesterday that al-Balawi had provided the country’s General Intelligence Department (GID) with valuable “tips” a
few months ago “that allowed us to abort a terrorist operation that would have threatened the security and stability of our country”.
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The official said that al-Balawi had been interrogated by officers from the GID in March 2009 because of suspicions about his activities. He had been
released because the inquiry found “nothing relevant”.
“Months later he contacted us via e-mail and provided information about ill intentions against Jordan, and allowed us to foil terrorist operations
targeting the Kingdom. So we decided to pursue our contacts with him on a friendly basis to safeguard our country,” the official told The Times.
Jihadist websites, however, revealed that al-Balawi was working for his handlers’ enemies. They said that the GID, believing the bomber to be its
double agent, took him to eastern Afghanistan, to help to track Ayman al-Zawahiri, an Egyptian physician and said to be second-in-command of al-Qaeda,
who US intelligence officials believe is hiding in the lawless border region. Jordan has had strong intelligence co-operation with the CIA since 9/11.
Its counter-terror teams operating inside the Iraqi border helped US forces in 2006 to track and kill Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the head of al-Qaeda in
Iraq. It was with the same aim in mind that Jordan is thought to have monitored al-Balawi, who was an aspiring doctor."
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Anyway... interpret this anyway you want, because I am at a loss for words.
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