Al-Qaeda agent calls for attacks on spies

EGYPT - An al-Qaeda double agent who killed seven CIA operatives and a Jordanian spy yesterday called for jihad in Jordan and attacks on its intelligence agency in a new video message posted on extremist websites.

EGYPT - An al-Qaeda double agent who killed seven CIA operatives and a Jordanian spy yesterday called for jihad in Jordan and attacks on its intelligence agency in a new video message posted on extremist websites.

Humam Khalil Abu Mulal al-Balawi also described yesterday in the 43-minute video his recruitment by Jordanian intelligence and how he double-crossed them after they sent him to Afghanistan to spy on al-Qaeda.

The video was apparently filmed shortly before the 32-year-old al-Balawi blew himself up at a CIA facility on December 30 in Afghanistan's eastern province of Khost where he had been invited to reveal information on al-Qaeda.

Al-Balawi said he had only expected to kill his Jordanian handler, Ali bin Zeid, but the addition of the CIA members was a windfall.

The Arabic-language video came with an English transcript and a second version dubbed into English.

Al-Balawi, who appeared in military fatigues cradling an assault rifle and what appears to be C4 explosives, described the successes of Jordanian intelligence against extremists over the years and their close working relationship with the CIA.

He said Jordan had provided information for the killing of al-Qaeda in Iraq chief Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in 2006 as well as that of top Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh, who died in a car bomb in Damascus in 2008. - Sapa-AP

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