Identity of Future Caliph Revealed?
The mysterious Abu `Umar al-Baghdadi, the amir of al-Qaida in Iraq and would-be caliph, may no longer be so mysterious. Al-`Arabiyya reported yesterday, on the authority of the police chief of Haditha, that Baghdadi is Hamid Dawud al-Zawi, a former intel officer in Saddam’s security apparatus. Zawi is said to be from nearby Haqlaniya, where a large cache of al-Qaida computers was discovered. Here’s his picture: