Analysis: US Wrong on Abu Hamza Al-Muhajir’s Identity

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September 7, 2006

In his first tape release, the current leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq gave a different name than what was originally released by the U.S. and Iraqi governments.

The real identity of Abu Hamza Al-Muhajir has been unknown to US and Iraqi intelligence following the death of Zarqawi in June.

Press reports and US officials have been naming Al-Muhajir as Youssef Al-Dardiri. But Al-Muhajir today revealed his real name at the end of his first-taped statement, as AbdulMonaem Al-Badawi.

The speaker is certainly an Egyptian as indicated by his accent.  There is no current publicly available information about his history, but it is clear that he was in Afghanistan.

Al-Badawi ended his 15-minutes statement by sending his regards to “our Leader Mullah Omar, our commander Usama, and our Sheik Zawahiri.”

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