685. 3/15/1994

“In March 1994 the GID [General Intelligence Department of Jordan] raided his [militant Islamist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s] home and discovered an arms cache. Found in his bed, Zarqawi pulled a pistol from under his pillow and tried to kill the arresting officer but failed, then tried to kill himself but failed there too. Zarqawi then attempted to turn his trial into a political event, demanding that the king [Hussein bin Talal] be indicted in his stead. The court found him guilty of belonging to an illegal organization and possessing illegal weapons and sentenced him to fifteen year in a remote desert prison named Al Sawwaqa…” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Bruce Riedel, The Search for Al Qaeda, Page 92

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