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U.S. Military: 'Islamic State of Iraq' Fronted by Imaginary Leader
Thursday, July 19, 2007
BAGHDAD — The Islamic State of Iraq, an umbrella terror group affiliated with Al Qaeda in Iraq, is led by a fictional character designed to mask that group's foreign influence, a captured terror leader has revealed to U.S. interrogators.
In an effort to give Al Qaeda an Iraqi face, terrorists created "a virtual organization in cyberspace," U.S. military spokesman Brig. Gen. Kevin Bergner said.
In Web postings, the Islamic State of Iraq has identified its leader as Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, a name indicating Iraqi origin. There are no known photos of al-Baghdadi.
The Egyptian Abu Ayyub al-Masri, who is the known leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, is named as minister of war in the umbrella organization.
Berger said Khaled Abdul-Fattah Dawoud Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, who was called the highest-ranking Iraqi in the Al Qaeda in Iraq leadership when he was captured July 4 in Mosul, told interrogators that al-Baghdadi is a "fictional role" created by al-Masri.
"In his words, the Islamic State of Iraq is a front organization that masks the foreign influence and leadership within Al Qaeda in Iraq in an attempt to put an Iraqi face on the leadership of Al Qaeda in Iraq," Bergner said.