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Report: Jordan arrests al-Zarqawi mentor

Jordanian authorities have arrested the spiritual mentor of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, Al Jazeera television said.
/ Source: Reuters

Jordanian authorities have arrested the spiritual mentor of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, Al Jazeera television said.

The Arabic channel quoted its correspondent as saying authorities arrested Issam Barqawi, better known as Sheikh Abu Mohammad al-Maqdisi, as the television was broadcasting an interview with Maqdisi.

Islamist and security sources have said the 43-year-old Muslim cleric — who molded the militant Islamic views of al-Zarqawi — was released on June 28 after a six-month detention at intelligence headquarters following his acquittal at a trial of Jordanian and Saudi sympathizers of al-Qaida.

He had been under close surveillance by authorities at his house near Zarqa, east of the capital, where fellow Jordanian Zarqawi was born.