Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FASHION

Paris, Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015.

Read more

REPORTERS

Exclusive: an unlikely victim of the 'War on Terror'

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

2014-07-11 21:47 AFRICA NEWS

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Finally, a good use for new app "Yo"

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 11 July 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 11 July 2014

Read more

#THE 51%

Sweden: A Feminist's Paradise?

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Politics: parties under pressure

Read more

FOCUS

In Burma, the rise of radical Buddhism

Read more

  • Boko Haram claims Nigeria attacks and supports Iraqi militants

    Read more

  • Israeli navy attacks Hamas base as tanks line up along Gaza border

    Read more

  • French court lifts mayor’s ban on Muslim hijab at beach

    Read more

  • Shells land in Russia as eastern Ukrainians flee fighting

    Read more

  • Rival Libyan militias exchange heavy fire at Tripoli airport

    Read more

  • Holland beat hosts Brazil 3-0 to finish third in World Cup

    Read more

  • Germany vs Argentina - history and genius clash in World Cup final

    Read more

  • Iraqi parliament fails to agree on new leadership

    Read more

  • Afghan presidential candidates agree to full vote audit, Kerry says

    Read more

  • France’s Kadri wins eighth stage at Tour de France

    Read more

  • Last of the Ramones, Tommy Ramone, dies aged 62

    Read more

  • Video: Outrage in wake of deadly Casablanca buildings collapse

    Read more

  • Putin revives old Cuban flame and eyes Latin American minerals

    Read more

  • Amazon snubs French free delivery ban with one-cent charge

    Read more

Middle east

Top al Qaeda leader in Iraq denies he was captured

©

Latest update : 2009-05-12

In a yet-unverified audio message, Al Qaeda's top leader in Iraq, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, has denied he was captured by Iraqi forces. Iraqi authorities claimed they had arrested Baghdadi in April.

AFP - Al-Qaeda's top leader in Iraq, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, has denied in an audio message that he has been captured by the Iraqi authorities, a US group monitoring Islamist websites said on Tuesday.
  
"Everyone was shocked by the lie promoted by the (Iraqi authorities) in which they claim again that they have arrested me," SITE Intelligence Group quoted Baghdadi as saying in the message issued Tuesday on jihadist websites.
  
The authenticity of the audio message could not immediately be verified.
  
Iraqi authorities said in April they had captured Baghdadi, identified as one of the top leaders of the local wing of Al-Qaeda blamed for a wave of violence across the nation.
  
Iraqi security forces had released what they said was the first known picture of Baghdadi, showing a middle-aged man with dark skin and a close-cropped beard and moustache wearing a black shirt.
  
But Baghdadi said in the audio message that the images of the arrested man shown by the Iraqi authorities were for a "man that they have tortured... whom we do not know," SITE said.
  
The monitoring group had earlier Tuesday quoted the Islamic State of Iraq, the Al-Qaeda-linked group which Baghdadi heads, as also denying he had been captured.
  
It said Baghdadi was "fine" and the man, said to be Baghdadi whose image was broadcast on Iraqi channels, was unknown to them.
  
"All that has been shown is not more than a play," said the statement, the authenticity which could not immediately be verified.
  
The Al-Qaeda leader has been reported captured or killed several times in the past.
  
In July 2007 a US military spokesman said Baghdadi was a fictional character designed to put an Iraqi face on a terror group led by foreigners and that the voice on his audiotapes was that of an actor.
  
The Islamic State of Iraq is a self-styled umbrella organisation for Al-Qaeda-affiliated insurgent groups fighting US and Iraqi forces that has pledged loyalty to Osama bin Laden.
  
At the height of Iraq's sectarian violence in 2006 and 2007, Al-Qaeda and other Sunni militant groups killed thousands of civilians when they bombed markets and mosques crowded with Shiite civilians.

Date created : 2009-05-12

Comments

COMMENT(S)