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US Military intelligence error lead to release of ISIL terrorist leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in 2004

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi delivering a Friday sermon at the Grand Mosque of Mosul. File photo.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi delivering a Friday sermon at the Grand Mosque of Mosul. File photo.

(IraqiNews.com) On Monday, The Washington Times Newspaper revealed that a military intelligence error led to the release of the leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2004, indicating that Washington thought three times that al-Baghdadi was killed.

The newspaper said, in a report, followed by IraqiNews.com, that “according to the retired colonel, Dirk Harvey, Special Intelligence Advisor to the former central command Gen. David Petraeus, the terrorist leader who controls fighters on the large areas of Iraq and commits crimes against citizens, was a big fake game for the United States. ”

Harvey, who began working with Petraeus in 2007 as an expert in Iraqi affairs, added that: “we thought three times that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed,” adding that “al-Baghdadi is superior to his colleague, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the founder of al-Qaeda in Iraq and better than Osama bin Laden in some aspects. ”



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