7,498. 12/30/2009

“[T]he suicide bomber who killed eight people inside a CIA base in Afghanistan [on December 30, 2009] was a Jordanian doctor recruited by Jordanian intelligence to support U.S. efforts against al-Qaida. The bombing killed seven CIA employees–four officers and three contracted security guards–and a Jordanian intelligence officer, Ali bin Zaid, according to a second former U.S. intelligence official. …the bomber was Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, a 36-year old doctor from Zarqa, Jordan. He was arrested over a year ago by Jordanian intelligence, and was thought to have been flipped to support U.S. and Jordanian efforts against al-Qaida.”

 – Pamela Hess and Adam Goldman, “AP Sources: Bomber at CIA Base was from Jordan,” Associated Press, Jan. 4, 2010

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