Al-Hayat: Muhammad Ibrahim Makkawi Denies He Is Wanted Al-Qaeda Commander Saif Al-'Adl

 July 16, 2010

According to a report by Camille Tawil in Al-Hayat, an Egyptian man named Muhammad Ibrahim Makkawi, whom the U.S. believes is the senior Al-Qaeda commander Saif Al-'Adl, is claiming that he has no connection to the organization. Saif Al-'Adl is considered one of Al-Qaeda's top commanders, and has been indicted for his role in the 1998 embassy bombings in Africa; he is currently thought to be living in Iran. He is identified by the name Muhammad Ibrahim Makkawi on the website of the FBI. Makkawi's claims are outlined in two letters reportedly written by him and sent by a third party to the Al-Hayat daily, which published a summary of their contents. The strange letters make clear that Makkawi is a 9/11 conspiracy theorist, and that he likewise believes that the U.S., Iran, and others have been trying to force him to assume the identity of Saif Al-'Adl for nefarious ends...

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