TITLE

Rumour, conspiracy & gobbledygook

AUTHOR(S)
Blanche, Ed
PUB. DATE
February 2004
SOURCE
Middle East;Feb2004, Issue 342, p14
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The new conservatives or neoconsm of the U.S. administration continue to press the case that former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was behind the September 11, 2001 attacks. Abu Musab Al Zarqawi, a onelegged Jordanian-based Palestinian who by all accounts has become one of the most active of the terrorist commanders fighting the Americans and their allies, has been identified by Turkish authorities as the mastermind behind the Istanbul bombings that killed 61 people and wounded more than 700. The Americans insist that Zarqawi is a close associate of Muslim leader Osama bin Laden. European intelligence agencies disagree, they say that while he may share Bin Laden's ideology and pathological hatred of the West and like the Al Qaeda leader, fought against the Soviet Army in the 1979-89 Afghan war, Zarqawi operates independently and has his own fundamentalist organisation Al Tawheed, a Palestinian-based group dedicated to overthrowing the Jordanian establishment.
ACCESSION #
12261396

 

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