From my diary on Nov. 14, 2005 – Jordan A Police State plus Prison Torture ¶ Video Iraqi Woman.
Al Zarqawi is a product of Jordan prison torture, I’ve seen a BBC documentary of the village where he grew up. Nearly all interviewed villagers supported his actions in the first six months of the Iraq invasion and occupation by the U.S. Armed Forces.
Jordanian authorities said Safaa Mohammed Ali, 23, was part of the al-Qaida in Iraq squad that bombed the Grand Hyatt, Radisson SAS and Days Inn hotels. In Baghdad, the U.S. command released information a man by that name was detained by American forces in November 2004 during their assault on the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah. The Americans said they did not know if the man they detained was the same Safaa Mohammed Ali identified by the Jordanians as one of the bombers.
“He was detained locally at the division detention facility” but was released two weeks later because there was no “compelling evidence to continue to hold him” as a “threat to the security of Iraq,” the military said.
The U.S. detention of thousands of Iraqis has been cited — especially by members of the Sunni Arab minority that fuels the insurgency — as a major motivation for the continuing campaign of violence.
Al-Rishawi, 35, from the Anbar provincial capital of Ramadi and the sister of al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s slain lieutenant in western Iraq, was arrested Sunday. Police swooped on a safe house in the Jordanian capital after they were tipped by al-Qaida in Iraq’s Internet claim that she had died in the attacks.
She was made to display the clothing she wore to the party in which at least 25 people were killed. She said her husband made all the arrangements for the plot and drove the group — apparently including Safaa Mohammed Ali and the other bomber Rawad Jassem Mohammed, both 23 — from Anbar to Amman, a roughly eight-hour trip across the bleak desert landscape.