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Al-Qaida bomber calls for attacks on Jordan spies

Humam Khalil Abu Mulal al-Balawi is seen in a video recorded before he killed seven CIA operatives and himself in Afghanistan.

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Humam Khalil Abu Mulal al-Balawi is seen in a video recorded before he killed seven CIA operatives and himself in Afghanistan.

CAIRO — An al-Qaida double agent who killed seven CIA operatives and a Jordanian spy called for jihad in Jordan and attacks on its intelligence agency in a posthumous video message posted on extremist Web sites Sunday.

Humam Khalil Abu Mulal al-Balawi also described in the 43-minute video his recruitment by Jordanian intelligence and how he double crossed them after they sent him to Afghanistan to spy on al-Qaida. The video was apparently filmed shortly before the 32-year-old blew himself up at a CIA facility on Dec. 30 in Afghan­ist­an's Khost province, where he'd been invited to reveal information on al-Qaida's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahri.

Balawi said he only expected to kill his Jordanian handler, Ali bin Zaid, but the addition of the CIA members was a windfall.

Balawi, who appeared in military fatigues cradling an assault rifle and what appears to be C4 explosive, described the successes of Jordanian intelligence against extremists over the years and their close working relationship with the CIA.

He said Jordan had provided information for the killing of Al-Qaida in Iraq chief Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in 2006 as well as that of top Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh, who died in a car bomb in Damascus in 2008.

Balawi, a doctor, hailed from the same hometown of Zarqa as Zarqawi and was a prolific contributor to extremist Web sites but was never able to join the jihad until he was arrested by Jordanian security.

In the video, he described how they plied him with money and material goods and bragged about their past successes before sending him to Afghanistan to spy on al-Qaida there — finally giving him the chance he had long sought to join the insurgency.

Al-Qaida bomber calls for attacks on Jordan spies 02/28/10 [Last modified: Sunday, February 28, 2010 10:29pm]

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