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Friday, January 18, 2013

Al Qaeda in Algeria demand the U.S. hand over the Blind Sheikh in return for Hostages release


From Eric Dondero:

Just minutes ago... At least two overseas media (UK Guardian), are reporting that the Al Qaeda hostage takers in Algeria are now demanding that the United States release the Blind Sheikh, responsible for the original attack on the Twin Towers in NYC in 1993, in exchange for the 20 or so Western hostages being held in Algeria.

From the, "Report: Al Qaeda group demands release of two well-known jihadists":
The al Qaeda group responsible for a raid on a natural gas field in eastern Algerian earlier this week has reportedly demanded the release of two well-known, al Qaeda-linked jihadists in exchange for American hostages.

Citing Mauritania's ANI news agency, press reports indicate that the two jihadists are Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman (a.k.a. the "Blind Sheikh") and Aafia Siddiqui (a.k.a. "Lady Al Qaeda").

Sheikh Rahman was the spiritual head of the two leading Egyptian jihadist groups, Gamaa Islamiyya (IG) and Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ). The latter group was headed by Ayman al Zawahiri, who merged his organization into al Qaeda. Rahman has long been revered by al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden, who was influenced by the Blind Sheikh, repeatedly demanded his release.

Rahman was convicted for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and a follow-on plot against New York City landmarks.
Obama's ally and friend, Egyptian President Morsi, made similar demands just last week.


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