Security source: Jordan releases leading al-Qaida mentor

By REUTERS
February 5, 2015 20:17

 
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AMMAN - Jordanian authorities released on Thursday Sheikh Abu Mohammad al-Maqdisi, a leading al-Qaida spiritual guide, who was arrested last October, a security source told Reuters.

They said Maqdisi's release was ordered by the state security prosecutor. The reason for his release -- two days after the ultra-hardline Islamic State issued a video showing a captive Jordanian pilot being burned alive -- was not immediately clear.

The self-taught intellectual was seen as the spiritual guide of the slain al-Qaida leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, but later disowned him for killing civilians indiscriminately.

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