Leah Farrall over at All Things Counter Terrorism has found an interesting item online claiming that Saif al-Adel, a one-time very senior Al Qaida leader, was released from detention in Iran. This would be very interesting and not good news, if true. Here is some background information on al-Adel from West Point’s CTC.
Al-Adel, who became a colonel in the Egyptian military before going over to the dark side, used to write some of the more practical jihadist works on things like security, counterintelligence, and those sorts of things.
Assuming the story is true, this isn’t good news really, unless you are now in a position to turn him in to American authorities. There’s a $5 million check waiting for you at the State Department, if you are.