Quickly, for the record...
I logged online here in Beirut International Airport, and found that my name had been circulating in the press.
Ooooh, what a mess.
For the record:
-The "Khalid Mashhadani" that I identified as "Abu Omar al-Baghdadi" on this blog is "Khalid Khalil Ibrahim Mashhadani" whereas the Americans said they captured "Khalid Abdullah Fattah Daoud Muhammad Mashhadani". These are two different people.
-The captive Mashhadani was taken into custody on July 4th whereas "Abu Omar al-Baghdadi" released his fifth speech on July 9th.
-The captive Mashhadani was caught in Mosul, whereas 'my' Mashhadani operates in Ridhwaniya (west of Baghdad) and Dhulu'iyyah (Diyala Province).
-The American military claims to have confessions alleging that "Abu Omar al-Baghdadi" is a fictitious character. I believe that the post-Zarqawi 'Al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia' leadership would NOT likely pull off such a trick; the issue of declaring the Islamic State of Iraq and picking a descendant of Qureish as the 'Prince of the Faithful'--with all the caliphal connotations this step carries--was too ideologically daring for a simple enough stunt ostensibly meant to confuse the Americans about the composition of Al-Qaeda's leadership. The caliphate is a much bigger deal for the Zarqawists and the wider jihadist world than the day-to-day effort of staying a step ahead of the Americans.
-I am still convinced that 'my' Mashhadani is 'Abu Omar al-Baghdadi'.
More when I get settled in Istanbul. And I promise, this blog will get active again.