Diplomatic sources: Suspect in murder of American diplomat in Jordan is in Syria
A member of Osama bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda terror network identified by Jordan as a suspect in the murder of an American diplomat in Amman in October is currently in Syria, diplomatic sources said on Monday.
Jordanian national Moammar Ahmad Yussef is a deputy of Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi, the mastermind of the murder of Laurence Foley, a senior executive of the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
In December, Jordan announced the arrest of a Libyan and a Jordanian in connection with the murder and said the pair were members of Al-Qaeda.
"The principal suspect is Libyan Salem Saad Salem bin Soued, who shot Laurence Foley. His accomplice, a Jordanian, Yasser Fathi Ibrahim, waited for him in the car," Information Minister Mohammed Adwan said at the time.
"They had been in contact with one of the senior officials of that network, a Jordanian fugitive named Fadel Nazzal al-Khalayleh, who is also known as Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi, and who has been on the run since 1999," Adwan said.
According to a diplomatic source in Jordan, cited by AFP, Yussef phoned the Libyan on the day of Foley's murder to make sure the murder had been carried out successfully.
The call was made from the Syrian capital of Damascus, where Yussef is currently present, the source added. Adwan had also reported the call, however did not say where it came from. (Albawaba.com)
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