CIA suicide bomber was… a blogger
In a bizarre twist, the suicide bomber who killed eight people at a CIA base in Afghanistan may have been… a blogger and internet bulletin board admin.
Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, a 36-year-old doctor from Jordan, was also apparently a triple agent who “duped Western intelligence services for months before turning on his handlers.”
But first, the blogging and computer nerdery.
It appears al-Balawi, writing under the nom-de-plume Abu Dujanah al-Khurasani, ran the extremely popular jihdaist bulletin board al-Hesbah. Among al-Hesbah’s many users, some were people connected to the London tube bombers and others high-ranking al-Qaeda members.
n November 2007, Mr. Khurasani posted a mini-play of several acts; the opening scene takes us to the year 2025 to show Baghdadi surveying the capital of his empire, the city of Baghdad. After reminiscing about Zarqawi’s last dying moments, Baghdadi receives a call on his cell phone from the “Chief of Staff of the Army of the Caliphate.” Another scene is set in a classroom where a teacher asks his pupils “What was the Arabian Peninsula called before it was liberated by the Commander of the Faithful Abu Omar al-Baghdadi in 2010?” The students grapple with the answer before one of them blurts out that it used to be called Saudi Arabia.
Yet another scene showcases an Al-Jazeera TV-like program where the topic of discussion is the dictatorship of Edward the Third in Britain — remember the year is 2025 — and the leader of the British opposition movement, who has adopted Mr. Baghdadi’s Baghdad as his city of refuge, is identified as “Peter,” the fictitious son of Tony Blair.
The face of Islamist terrorism apparently is this: A 36-year-old doctor posting about future dystopias on internet forums in his free time. He could just as easily have been a Trekkie.
But, sadly, the CIA seems to have believed that this jihadist net geek would help them track down al-Zawahiri. The suicide bomber was a CIA asset who was not searched before he entered Forward Operating Base Chapman.
Al-Balawi also came from previously resided in al-Zarqawi’s hometown of Zarqa, Jordan, and was born in Kuwait.
His handler from Jordanian intelligence, Ali bin Zaid, was a distant relative of the Jordanian royal family and was killed in the blast. King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan attended his funeral.