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Who killed Abdullah Azzam? 1, March 2010

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One of the many mysteries involved in the birth of Al Qaeda and similar groups in 1980s Afghanistan is the death of Abdullah Azzam. The founder of Maktab Al Khidmat (Office of Services – MAK), usually considered to be the direct forerunner to Al Qaeda, Azzam was assassinated in November 1989. Yet no-one really has much of an idea who lay in wait to explode the IED that killed him. Rather, there are plenty of ideas, but no proof whatsoever. The finger of blame swings from the KGB to the CIA to the Mossad to the ISI to Osama Bin Laden to Iranian Intelligence and on to any number of interested parties.

Interestingly,Thomas Hegghammer of  Jihadica, the one-stop-shop for all that needs to be known on the nitty-gritty of Islamic movements and personalities, thinks that there is some reasonably good evidence that it was in fact Jordanian Intelligence that did the deed. Go have a read and decide for yourself.

Terrorist FC 1, July 2009

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There have been reports recently of a Taleban fighter being found dead with an Aston Villa Football Club tattoo, much to the delight, no doubt, of Birmingham City fans. Jihadica.com, the gold-mine that is the wonderful and knowledgeable blog covering online jihadiness, further comments that Bin Laden himself was believed by some to be an Arsenal fan after a (joke of a ) book thus claimed.