Craig Whitlock’s otherwise good Washington Post article about al Qaeda leaves out a few critical facts about an Al-Jazeera “journalist.” He writes about a Syrian al-Qaeda strategist, Mustafa Setmariam Nasar, whose “neighbor in a small town in the province of Granada was Tayssir Alouni, a journalist for the al-Jazeera satellite television network who would later interview Osama bin Laden.” He neglected to mention that Alouni was tried, convicted and imprisoned in Spain for being an agent of al-Qaeda.You can get more information about him in the new AIM film “Terror Television: the Rise of Al-Jazeera and the Hate America Media.”
Can it be just a coincidence that they were “neighbors?”
The Post says that Nasir once “led an above-ground life as a writer and voice of Islamic extremism. He did publicity work for al-Qaeda, helping to arrange interviews with bin Laden in Afghanistan for CNN and the BBC.”
One suspects that Nasir’s relationship with Al-Jazeera was even closer, perhaps because of his “neighbor,” Alouni.
One hopes for some necessary follow-up from the Post on this.