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Suicide Bomber Who Killed CIA Agents Gives Call For Revenge Attacks

PTI 10 Jan 2010, 12:31:09 IST

Humam Khall Abu-Mulal al-Balawai, the suicide bomber who killed CIA agents in Afghanistan had made a video calling on militants to avenge the death of  Pak Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud, killed in a Drone attack,  by carrying out attacks in and outside the United States.

Al Jazeera reported on its website that the video was left as a message to the United States and its Arab ally Jordan by the bomber, Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, in which he tells them: 'We say that we will never forget the blood of our Emir Baitullah Mehsud, God's mercy on him.'

Hammam Khalid al-Balawi  urged militants to wreak revenge around the world for the death of Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud.

Balawi blew himself up on December 30 inside Forward Operating Base Chapman, a well-fortified U.S. compound in Khost province in south-east Afghanistan, near the border with Pakistan.

It was the second-most deadly attack in CIA history.

Al Jazeera quotes the former Jordanian doctor as saying it was the obligation of all of Mehsud's fighters "to retaliate for his death in the United States and outside the United States"

Hammam Khalid al-Balawi is seen before he blew himself up at a U.S. compound in Afghanistan, killing seven CIA operatives.

Pakistan television station AAJ showed what it said was a video of Balawi sitting with Baitullah's successor Hakimullah Mehsud, and reported he shared U.S. and Jordanian state secrets with militants.

If the video is verified, it will point to major intelligence failures by the United States and Jordan, one of its most important Middle East allies.

The former doctor is pictured as he was before he became a double agent

It was not clear when or where the video was taken but the presence of Hakimullah Mehsud would suggest it was taken in Pakistan.

The above is Baitullah Mehsud's body lying in a coffin before burial, after he was killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan.

AAJ, identifying the bomber by his online name, Abu Dujana al-Khorasani, quoted him as saying he "shared all secrets of Jordanian and American intelligence with his companions".

'Jordanian and American intelligence had offered him millions of dollars in exchange for spying on the mujahideen (holy warriors). But he rejected wealth and joined the mujahideen,'  AAJ said of Balawi.

'This statement (from Balawi) further enhances current concerns involving regional and affiliate arms of al-Qaeda extending their operations outside of their localised areas of operation and reaching into the continental US,' said Ben Venzke, head of IntelCenter, which monitors jihadist propaganda.

Hakimullah Mehsud lost his main bases in his South Waziristan bastion in a Pakistani offensive launched in mid-October.His whereabouts are not known but he is believed to have fled from South Waziristan to seek shelter with allies, possibly in North Waziristan.

Balawi appeared in the video wearing a camouflage jacket and a traditional flat Afghan hat.

A black banner behind him read: 'There is no God but Allah. Mohammad is the Prophet of Allah.'

Al Qaeda's Afghan wing had claimed responsibility for the suicide bomb attack on the CIA, saying it was revenge for the deaths of militant leaders including Baitullah Mehsud.

Strong links between a double agent who managed to outfox the CIA and one of the Arab world's top intelligence agencies and Mehsud, would suggest Pakistan's battle against the Taliban could be far more complex, reports The Mail, London.

'I think this man basically belongs to al Qaeda. His appearance with Hakimullah Mehsud in a video shows how al Qaeda and the Taliban are closely linked,' said Mehmood Shah, former security chief of Pakistani tribal areas.