A message was recently issued by Sheikh Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi?s mentor, titled: ?Very Urgent: A Strict Message from al-Maqdisi Praises al-Zarqawi and Call Him the Hero,? refutes articles published about him in two Jordanian publications, Al-Arab and Al-Ghadd, which he believes sought to ?break the unity between the mujahideen and create hatred between them.? Further, he addresses Zarqawi, calling him ?our beloved brother the hero,? defending Islam and the Islamic nation.
Isam Mohammad Taher al-Barqawi AKA Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, who was arrested and incarcerated in a Jordanian prison on allegations of masterminding terrorist plots in Jordan, was released from jail June 28, 2005. He was subsequently re-arrested July 5 for purportedly attempting to make contact with terrorist groups outside of Jordan.
A full translation of the message is provided to our Intel Service members.