Report: Al-Qaida in Iraq leader identified with photograph

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May 7, 2008 12:58

 
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Al-Arabiya television reports it has identified the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq and the network broadcast his photograph. The Dubai-based network, citing an Iraqi police official, said the real name of Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, who allegedly heads the Islamic State of Iraq, is Hamid Dawoud al-Zawi. Originally from Haditha, al-Baghdadi served in the Iraqi army under Saddam Hussein, then joined al-Qaida in 2003, the police official told Al-Arabiya. The US has described al-Baghdadi as a fictitious character.

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