Head of al-Qaida in Iraq still free

BAGHDAD, May 9 (UPI) -- Abu Ayyub al-Masri, the head of al-Qaida in Iraq, hasn't been captured despite reports to that effect, a senior U.S. military official said Friday.

Indian police get photo of IISc attacker

NEW DELHI, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Indian police said they prepared a portrait of militant leader Abu Hamza who allegedly carried out a deadly attack on the Indian Institute of Science in 2005.
UK extraditing pro-al-Qaida cleric to U.S.

UK extraditing pro-al-Qaida cleric to U.S.

LONDON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza who preached pro-al-Qaida sermons at a London mosque will be extradited to the United States, British officials said.

Spy alleges Britain betrayed him

LONDON, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- An Algerian-born Muslim man who went undercover to help London police arrest a terror-preaching cleric says a promise of citizenship hasn't happened.

British court OKs Masri extradition

LONDON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- A London judge ruled Thursday that imprisoned radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri can be extradited to the United States to face terror charges.

Palestinian group proposes cease-fire

GAZA, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- A spokesman for a Palestinian militant group offered Monday to stop rocket attacks on Israel in exchange for cessation of Israeli raids in the Gaza Strip.

India seeks Bangladesh's help on terror

NEW DELHI, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- India has asked Bangladesh to cooperate with it in the war on terror and provide particulars of militants indulging in insurgency.

Alleged terrorist arrested in Bangladesh

NEW DELHI, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- India claimed to have achieved breakthrough in twin blasts at Hyderabad as an Islamist terrorist has been nabbed in Bangladesh.

Wife says Abu Hamza bullied in prison

LONDON, July 29 (UPI) -- Muslim cleric Abu Hamza is being mistreated in a high-security London prison, his wife claims.

Report: Bombs believed to be al-Qaida's

LONDON, July 3 (UPI) -- British intelligence agencies believe the aborted car bombings in London and Glasgow were carried out by agents of al-Qaida in Iraq.

Israel commits to shaky Gaza cease-fire

JERUSALEM, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Wednesday that Israel will extend a cease-fire in Gaza but would respond militarily to Palestinian rocket attacks.

Al-Qaida message threatens White House

BAGHDAD, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- An alleged audio recording of the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq has him vowing to fight on until "we blow up the wicked house known as the White House."

Terrorist got job on London Underground

LONDON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- A man convicted of terrorist offenses in Yemen has been fired from a job on the London Underground.

Britain seeks repayment from Muslim cleric

LONDON, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- An investigation by Britain's Legal Services Commission has delayed the sale of a London house allegedly owned by radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza.

Al-Qaida targeting Westerners, tape says

LONDON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Al-Qaida has switched tactics and is now targeting Western contractors working in Iraq, a top leader of the armed Sunni lslamist organization says.
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Abu Hamza al-Masri (Arabic: أبو حمزة المصري, Abū Ḥamzah al-Maṣrī) (born 15 April 1958) is a former night club bouncer and Egyptian Sunni activist known for his preaching of a violent and politicised interpretation of Islam, also known as militant Islamism or jihadism. He is currently in prison in the United Kingdom.

Abu Hamza al-Masri was born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1958. He is the son of a middle class army officer. In 1979, he entered the UK on a student visa. Masri's initial reaction to life in Britain was to describe it as "a paradise, where you could do anything you wanted.". He studied civil engineering at Brighton Polytechnic.

On 16 May 1980, he married Valerie Traverso (now Fleming), a Catholic convert to Islam, and had a son, Mohammed Mustafa Kamel whom Masri later separated from his mother when he was just four-years-old. She did not see him again for 12 years. He acquired British citizenship following three years of marriage and acquired a job as a bouncer for a peep show in Soho, London. In 1984, he divorced his wife. Supporters suggest that this occurred because he found out she had failed to divorce her previous husband until 1982. However, his former wife has blamed the divorce on Masri having an affair with a prostitute.

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