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Al-Qa'ida operative reveals code words

Western intelligence officials say they have obtained a glossary of al-Qa’ida code words following the capture of an associate of one of the network’s senior operatives. Words such as “honey”, “toy” and “little girl” – overheard by electronic eavesdropping of conversations between suspected terrorists – have been revealed to have a sinister meaning. The breakthrough has come as result of the interrogation of Shadi Abdullah, who was arrested last April by police in Germany. The 26-year-old was seized after officials intercepted a phone conversation between him and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the man accused by the US of being the link between al-Qa’ida and the Iraqi regime. The two men were allegedly discussing a terror attack. While Mr Zarqawi is still at large, Mr Abdullah has apparently become one of the most useful and credible al-Qa’ida informers. “There are few al-Qa’ida members in Europe or anywhere who have been as useful as he has been to us,” a Bush administration official told The New York Times. Full Story

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