Escaped Top Al Qaeda Leader Killed In Iraq

By Maddy Sauer

Sep 25, 2006 4:15pm

Omar al Farouq, a top al Qaeda leader who escaped from Afghanistan’s Bagram Air Base last year, has been killed by British troops in Iraq, according to the British military spokesman there. In July of last year, Farouq and three others not only escaped from the heavily guarded prison in the middle of Bagram Air Base, but the gang later made a propaganda videotape bragging about how easy their escape was. THE BLOTTER RECOMMENDS Video Brian Ross’s Report: Missed Opportunities, The CIA and bin Laden Click Here for More of the Brian Ross Page It was a humiliating setback for the US military as Farouq had already admitted to being behind many bombings in Indonesia. On the tape, the escapees said they planned to fight on, armed with their new knowledge of how to elude US forces. Farouq was shot dead this morning while resisting arrest during a pre-dawn raid in Basra, British authorities say.

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