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Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, Al Qaeda's "Man in Iraq," Doesn't Really Exist

Reported by Marie Therese - July 19, 2007 -

This morning the trio of hosts on FOX & Friends First just delivered a rather jumbled report, stating that the Pentagon has just acknowledged that Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, a much-publicized leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq was, in fact, fictional character cooked up by Al Qaeda's leadership to mislead Iraqis. With video.

From The Toronto Star"

"For more than a year, the leader of one the most notorious insurgent groups in Iraq was said to be a mysterious Iraqi called Abu Omar al-Baghdadi.

"As the titular head of the Islamic State in Iraq, al-Baghdadi issued incendiary pronouncements. Despite claims by an Iraqi interior ministry official in May that al-Baghdadi had been killed, he appeared to have persevered unscathed.

"Yesterday, the chief U.S. military spokesperson here, Brig.-Gen. Kevin Bergner, provided a new explanation for al-Baghdadi's ability to escape attack: He never existed.

"Bergner told reporters that a senior Iraqi insurgent captured this month said the elusive Baghdadi was actually a fictional character whose declarations on audiotape were read by a man named Abu Abdullah al-Naima."