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Al-Jazirah cooperating with the United States?
On 22 January, a jihadist website posted links to an Al-Sahab video showing a speech by Ayman al-Zawahiri in which he responded to the recent announcement by President Bush that the US will send 20,000 additional troops to Iraq, daring the President to send his "entire army." Although the video - which is of poor quality and suffers from audio synching problems - is marked as an Al-Sahab production, its release was not official; forum participants posted links to the video as found on jihadist monitor Laura Mansfield's blog at www.lauramansfield.com.
In a later post, a jihadist forum participant explained that links to the video were originally leaked to Al-Jazirah, but that Al-Jazirah offered them to US intelligence and that Laura Mansfield has a "link" with the CIA.
Is the once pro-terrorist propaganda television station beginning to become a turncoat?