Nyheten sist uke om at sju CIA-agenter var sprengt i luften på en base i Khost-provinsen, var tragisk. Det var CIAs verste tap siden Beirut i 1983. Nå viser nye opplysninger at det også var en skandale.

Mannen som detonerte seg selv var jordansk lege, 36 år gamle Human Khalil Abu Mulal al-Balawi. Han ble arrestert for et drøyt år siden for sine jihad-sympatier. Men jordanerne var overbevist om at han var «reformert», og sendte ham til Afghanistan. Han hevdet han kunne sette amerikanerne på sporet av en annen lege, Ayman al-Zawahiri.

At det begås så graverende feil åtte år etter 9/11, er sjokkerende. Al-Balawi var ingen hvem som helst. Han hadde vært sjefsmoderator for Al-Qaidas viktigste internettforum.

He had moderated the main al-Qaida chat forum before his arrest and was known online as Abu Dujanah al-Khurasani.

«Abu Dujanah was an active member of jihadi forums,» said Evan Kohlmann, who tracks jihadi Web sites for NBC News. «He was actually an administrator on the now-defunct Al-Hesbah forum, previously al-Qaida’s main chat forum.»

Al-Balawi var fra byen Zarga, kjent som hjembyen til en annen berømt jihadist, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Det er vanskelig å fatte hvordan jordanerne kunne tro at de hadde «snudd» en slik mann på ett år.

Al-Balawi ble åpenbart betraktet som en verdifull kilde – (kan det være at man sitter igjen i forestillingene fra den kalde krigen om avhoppere?). Hans føringsoffiser var Sharif Ali bin Zeid.

But bin Zeid was not just a Jordanian intelligence officer; he was also a member of the Jordanian royal family and was a first cousin of the king and grandnephew of the first king Abdullah.

Bin Zeid’s prominent role offers rare insight into the close partnership between American and Jordanian intelligence officials and how crucial their relationship has become to the overall counterterrorism strategy.

Etter at han kom til Afganistan ga al-Balawi et intervju til Al Qaida der han hyller martyriet. Det virker ikke som om hverken Jordan eller amerikanerne har forstått jihad-mentaliteten når de kan slippe en slik mann tett innpå seg.

After he arrived in Afghanistan last year, al-Balawi was interviewed by one of al-Qaida’s main Internet sites, the Vanguards of Khurasan, on the subject of martyrdom.

«When you ponder the verses and hadiths that speak about jihad and its graciousness, and then you let your imagination run wild to fly with what Allah has prepared for martyrs, your life become cheap for its purpose, and the extravagant houses and expensive cars and all the decoration of life become very distasteful in your eyes,» he told the interviewer.

He added, «They say ‘there’s love that kills.’ And I only see that as truthful in the love for jihad, as this love is either going to kill you in repentance should you choose to sit away from jihad, or will kill you as a martyr for the cause of Allah if you choose to go to Jihad, and the human must choose between these two deaths.»

Sist uke ringte al-Balawi sine føringsoffiserer og ba om et hastemøte. Han hadde ny og viktig informasjon om al-Zawahiri.

Bildet: En av CIA-offiserene som ble drept, Scott Michael Roberson.

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