|Syrian Terrorist gives
shocking insight into Al Qaeda mentality
A video allegedly recorded in Fallujah played an important role for
Turkish investigators: Sakra boasted to an Istanbul magistrate that
he'd attended the execution of a kidnapped Turkish truck driver in
The video shows the death of driver Murat Yüce in August 2004, at the
hands of armed, masked fighters for Zarqawi. Sakra gave a running
commentary with a slight smile and no remorse: "Look, now they'll cut
off his head. Soon they'll take that pistol off the table, so the
blood won't ruin it." And, like a ballistics expert: "Blood wrecks
the insides of a pistol."
This cold-bloodedness -- mixed with moments of high emotion -- may be
related to Sakra's shaky cultural background. He comes from a well-to-
do family, but officials who arrested him at an airport in
Diyarkbakir found phony papers under the name "Ekrem Oeyer," along
with $120,000 in cash, as well as a bottle of psychopharmaceuticals
and antidepressants. Officers of the CIA and the Turkish intelligence
services (MIT) who took part in this operation thought it was strange
that such a hot-tempered mujahid, in custody, could sometimes act so
extroverted, while at other times become so apathetic.
His statements in the meantime have provoked speculation that Sakra
was in contact with several secret-service agencies for years.
Turkish media reported that the CIA had contacted him twice in 2000,
and tried to tempt him with money, apparently very large sums. Then
the CIA lost his trail and turned to the Turkish MIT for help.
Sakra's attorney, Ilhani Sayan, who believes some of Sakra's
statements but not others, claims that in August 2001 -- four weeks
before the assaults in America -- the MIT picked up their man, but
let him go. Sakra himself says he was arrested twice by the MIT but
freed again, both times. In 2003, his wife was also supposedly
detained and interrogated for 20 days.
Sakra's family lived in Turkey from 1960 on, but then emigrated to
Syria, and subsequent financial strain may have been a reason for the
fanatical Islamist to cooperate (at least sometimes) with officials.
Which proves one thing; that the most murderous and rabid Islamist's
loyalty to his cause can be bought out - if you nab him when he needs
dough badly and you offer him the right price!
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