Sunday, October 15, 2006

And From Our "We Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way" Department...

Reuters (10-15-06) reports that the alleged founder of Spain's Al Qaeda network, who was involved in both 9-11 and in the Madrid train bombings, is in a CIA prison.

"A suspected al Qaeda leader, accused of being involved in September 11 and planning the 2004 Madrid train bombings, has been imprisoned in a secret U.S. jail for the past year, Spain's El Pais newspaper reported on Sunday.

Mustafa Setmarian, 48, a Syrian with Spanish citizenship, was captured in Pakistan in October 2005 and is held in a prison operated by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, Pakistani and European security service officials told El Pais...

Pakistan has not answered requests from Madrid about the whereabouts of Setmarian, wanted in Spain for allegedly training September 11 hijackers in Afghanistan and ordering Madrid commuter train attacks that killed 191 people, according to El Pais.

A spokesman for the U.S. embassy in Spain declined to comment on the report.

Setmarian's 2005 capture was reported in May of this year after the United States put a $5 million bounty on the head of the alleged founder of al Qaeda's Spanish network." [the rest of the good news]

Militant Islam Monitor has an article on the red-haired, green-eyed Setmarian. The Monitor reports that while living in London, Setmarian even "made television reports on Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda for the BBC and CNN."

The Monitor writes that "in June 2005, the Spanish newspaper El País quoted him as saying that ‘the solution to confront the United States and its allies is the use of nuclear, chemical and biological arms.' In February 2005, he published an 11-page Manifesto in Al-Qaeda's electronic bulletin Risalat Al-Mujahidin in which he pleaded for the destruction of the United States and its allies by using weapons of mass destruction. And in the 1999 interview he said: ‘God says we must be prepared to confront the enemies. There can be no jihad without preparing ourselves. We must wage war, and from the war of the few we will arrive at the war of a whole people.'[Full article here.]

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