Saturday, April 28, 2007

Was 7/7 "Mastermind" Captured Twice?

Did the US catch and release the mastermind of the 7/7 train and bus bombings in London?

A post at shows some confusion over the matter and suggests it may have happened.

A link above the headline at the Drudge Report this morning takes readers to this TimesOnline article about the capture of Abd al-Hadi al Iraqi.
"The al-Qaeda leader who is thought to have devised the plan for the July 7 suicide bombings in London and an array of terrorist plots against Britain has been captured by the Americans."
But shows that an al Qaeda operative and trainer with the same name was captured in January 2002 (pictured above):
"[A]nother man with the same name and similar background was reported captured in April 2007 and sent to Guantanamo Bay. Whether they are the same person remains unclear."
The London bombings happened on July 7, 2005, three years after the first capture of an Abd al-Hadi al Iraqi.

The TimesOnline article shows the man captured in 2007 was an officer in Saddam's Iraqi army. But shows he left Iraq before the Gulf War, to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s. (TimesOnline/

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