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Ibn Shaykh al-Libi dies

May 12, 2009
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A Libyan newspaper is claiming that Ibn Shaykh al-Libi, supposed purveyor of the foundational information that caused the US to assess that Saddam’s Iraq had a firm relationship with al-Qaeda, has died in prison

The Libyan newspaper Oed reported Sunday that Libi was found dead in his cell after killing himself, but added that friends of the 46-year-old former preacher, who ran a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan, questioned the alleged cause of death. The Libyan government has not confirmed the death, and the Libyan Embassy in Washington said it had no information. The CIA also declined to comment.

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