Jordan denies spy agency’s role in targeting al-Qaida, Hezbollah leadersBy AP
Monday, March 1, 2010
Jordan denies spy agency’s role in al-Qaida deaths
AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan has denied allegations by an al-Qaida double agent that its spy agency was involved in the killing of several militant leaders.
Government spokesman Nabil Sharif on Monday called Humam Khalil Abu Mulal al-Balawi’s accusations in a posthumous video appearing on miliant Web sites, “mere lies.”
Al-Balawi, who blew himself up at a CIA facility in Afghanistan Dec. 30, said Jordan had provided information for the killing of Al-Qaida in Iraq chief Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, top Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh and al-Qaida scholar Abdullah Azzam.
Mughniyeh died in a car bomb in Syria in 2008, while Azzam was also killed by one in Pakistan in 1989.
Jordan has admitted it provided information leading to al-Zarqawi’s death in a 2006 U.S. airstrike.