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Intelligence services ‘manipulated’ Jordan bomber

(AFP) / 9 January 2010

AMMAN - The doctor from Jordan who blew himself up in Afghanistan, killing seven CIA agents and his Jordanian handler, was manipulated by various intelligence services, his father charged on Saturday.

“My son was a doctor who saved lives, but he was lured by the intelligence apparatus who changed him enormously,” Khalil al-Balawi told AFP, his voice choking on tears.

“Rather than be of service to his people and his nation, he was sucked into the whirlpool of the intelligence services,” he said.

Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi blew himself up at a US military base in Khost near the Pakistan border on December 30, killing seven CIA agents and his handler, who was a Jordanian intelligence officer and royal family member.

Jihadist websites have identified Balawi as a double agent who duped Western intelligence services for months before turning on his handlers.

A Jordanian official told AFP on Wednesday that “Jordan has benefited since a year ago from anti-terrorist information provided by Humam Khalil al-Balawi and shared them with other services as part of the fight against terrorism.”

Asked to identify these intelligence services and if the Taliban were among them, Balawi’s father said: “I don’t know. But the official parties know exactly what they are doing.”

His remarks came shortly after Al-Jazeera television broadcast a video in which Balawi said the suicide bombing he planned to carry out was aimed at avenging the death in a US attack of the Taliban chief in Pakistan.

“We tell our emir Baitullah Mehsud we will never forget his blood. It is up to us to avenge him in and outside America,” the bomber said about the Taliban leader killed in August.

“This is a message to the enemies of the (Muslim) nation — the CIA and Jordanian intelligence services,” said the bearded man in military uniform, identified by Al-Jazeera television as Balawi.

Balawi senior said the man on the video was his son, confirming an earlier statement by a relative.

“My heart is broken to have lost my son but I can only be proud of him,” he said.

“My son killed some of those manipulated him,” added the father, who is also known as Abu Mohammed.

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