The Hizb-ut-Tahrir-Al-Qaeda Connection

by Laurence on 5/1/2005

Today’s somewhat sympathetic story about Hizb-ut-Tahrir’s Central Asia strategy, in The Guardian, doesn’t dwell on the fact that the organization is based in England, but still contains some interesting tidbits larded with the conventional wisdom. The best fact that I didn’t know before:

Some senior al-Qaida men are former Hizb ut-Tahrir members, according to terrorism experts. Rohan Gunaratna, an associate professor at the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies in Singapore, said both Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, and Iraq’s most wanted terrorist, Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, once belonged to Hizb ut-Tahrir.

The London-based spokesman for Hizb-ut-Tahrir told the Guardian he had “no evidence”–but didn’t actually deny the charge.

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