Al-Qaida message urges more violence

BAGHDAD, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- An audiotape message allegedly from the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq called Thursday for more acts of violence, including the kidnapping of foreign hostages. CNN said it was unable to confirm that the message came from Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, who succeeded th

Iraq terror leader calls for attacks

BAGHDAD, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- The leader of al-Qaida in Iraq has instructed his followers in an audiotaped message to kill at least one American within the next 15 days.

TV shows Bin Laden, Sept. 11 hijackers

DOHA, Qatar, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- A videotape apparently showing Osama bin Laden and the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers has been broadcast by Al-Jazeera.

Bin Laden tape urges Sunnis to strike Shia

BAGHDAD, July 1 (UPI) -- A message on the Internet, purportedly from terror master Osama bin Laden, urges Sunni Muslims to strike Shiites in Iraq and oppose a unified government.

Al-Qaida Iraq leader said he killed troops

BAGHDAD, June 21 (UPI) -- Al-Qaida in Iraq claims its new leader, Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, personally slit the throats of two U.S. soldiers recently captured and found dead in Iraq.

Zarqawi 'successor' identified by U.S.

WASHINGTON, June 15 (UPI) -- U.S. military officials in Iraq say they believe they have identified the successor to the slain terrorist leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi.

Al-Qaida names Zarqawi replacement

BAGHDAD, June 12 (UPI) -- The al-Qaida terror group on Monday announced a replacement on the Internet for slain Iraqi leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi.

Book: French wanted to kidnap Abu Hamza

LONDON, May 31 (UPI) -- Books excerpts carried by The Times of London claim France considered kidnapping Islamic hate preacher Abu Hamza from London in 1998.

Abu Hamza turns into exercise maven

LONDON, March 14 (UPI) -- Abu Hamza, serving a 7-year prison term in Britain for incitement to murder and racial hatred, has become fanatical about losing weight, says a report.

Britain called lax in screening imams

LONDON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Britain's terror watchdog has warned that Muslim imams in the country are not being monitored sufficiently to determine if they are recruiting young terrorists.

Report: London bombers listened to Hamza

LONDON, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Three of the suicide bombers who struck London's transit system in July attended speeches by newly convicted radical imam Abu Hamza al-Masri.

U.K. cleric Hamza guilty of incitement

LONDON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A London jury found Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri guilty Tuesday of 11 of 15 counts of preaching racial hatred and incitement to murder.

Imam allegedly told followers to kill

LONDON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- The prosecution in the trial in Britain of Abu Hamza told the court the Muslim cleric encouraged his followers to kill those he deemed to be non-believers.

Pakistani journalist reported kidnapped

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- A Pakistani journalist was reported kidnapped after photographing apparent remnants of a U.S. missile that killed a reputed senior al-Qaida leader.

U.S. may be involved in Rabia death

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- There are conflicting accounts over the possible U.S. role in the explosion that killed an al-Qaida leader in Pakistan.
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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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