- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 4, 2003

AMMAN, Jordan (Agence France-Presse) A member of the al Qaeda terror network identified by Jordan as a suspect in the slaying of a U.S. diplomat here in October is in Syria, diplomatic sources said yesterday.
Jordanian national Moammar Ahmad Yussef is a deputy of Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi, the mastermind of the slaying of Laurence Foley, a senior executive of the U.S. Agency for International Development.
In mid-December, Jordan announced the arrest of a Libyan and a Jordanian in connection with the killing and said the pair were members of Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network.
"The principal suspect is Libyan Salem Saad Salem bin Soued, who shot Laurence Foley. His accomplice, a Jordanian, Yasser Fathi Ibrahim, waited for him in the car," Information Minister Mohammed Adwan said at the time.
"They had been in contact with one of the senior officials of that network, a Jordanian fugitive named Fadel Nazzal al-Khalayleh, who is also known as Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi, and who has been on the run since 1999," Mr. Adwan said.
According to a diplomatic source in Jordan, Yussef telephoned the Libyan on the day of Mr. Foley's slaying to make sure it had been carried out.
The call was made from Damascus, Syria, where Yussef is present, the source said.
Mr. Adwan also had reported the call but did not reveal its origin.
Jordanian officials said al-Zarqawi ordered Mr. Foley's slaying and identified the former as a fugitive who was sentenced by an Amman court to 15 years in prison in 2000 on charges of conspiracy to carry out terror attacks on Western targets in Jordan.
Prime Minister Ali Abu Ragheb said in December that al-Zarqawi was believed to be hiding in northern Iraq, an area beyond Baghdad's control.
Part of northern Iraq is controlled by Kurdish forces, while a strip along the border with Iran is a stronghold of a hard-line Islamist group called Ansar al-Islam.

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