Monday, November 21, 2005

Al Zarqawi's hometown support wanes, not gains :: Emirates Today
But not zero either

A three-storey building in an impoverished neighbourhood of Al Zarqa city has had the world’s attention this month, but for the wrong reason. It is the birth place of Abu Mussab Al Zarqawi, the alleged mastermind of the triple suicide bombs that hit Amman 12 days ago killing 59 people.
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Um Muhammad, an elderly women from the neighbourhood, does not believe Al Zarqawi is to blame for the bombings.
“I took care of him when he was a child. He was a very nice boy and people around here loved him because he was very kind to others. It can’t be him,” she said. “Whoever committed this heinous crime does not know Allah, and Abu Musab [Al Zarqawi] used to pray regularly.”
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Residents of the overpopulated Al Zarqa city neighbourhoods said they used to take pride in being associated with the man who racked the nerves of the American forces in Iraq.

“He is the one who vents the frustration and anger buried inside all of them against the occupying forces.

“He is the only one who is brave enough to stand against the Americans and we are proud to have him as our son,” said another women who refused to give her name.

The one-time hero, however, seems to have slowly turned into a villain for many others.

“Personally, I don’t think it’s him, but if he did it, then my love and support for him would change to hatred and disgrace,” said Amjad Nazzal Al Khalayleh, Al Zarqawi’s cousin.

Wearing an armband coloured with the Jordanian flag in solidarity with the victims’ families, Amjad said he feels ashamed to be associated with Al Zarqawi now that he has accepted responsibility for the November 9 blasts.



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