Friday, September 19, 2008

Audio from Maqdisi 2008.09.20

An al-Qa'ida-connected media person calling himself
شبكة شموخ الإسلام
Islam as a Network (?)
has uploaded an unusual piece: an audio recording of Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi
أبو محمد المقدسي
eulogizing Abu Mus'ab az-Zarqawi.

Maqdisi was the most influential Sunni terrorist cleric in the world until his native Jordan got him out of sight, not for the first time, in mid-2005. It was Maqdisi in person who converted Zarqawi from a street criminal to a rampaging butcher while the two were in jail together.

Maqdisi's real name is
عصام محمد طاهر البرقاوي
'Isaam Muhammad Tahir al-Barqawi.

The Maqdisi audio must have been made after the elimination of Zarqawi in June 2006, and somehow extracted from the Jordanian jail.