The moment I heard the name Iyad Ghali in relation to the events in Mali I started wondering if this is the same name, the same man, and the same country; all were identical.
Iyad Ghali is heading the military operations of terrorist militant groups in northern Mali and there was a man with the same name who was his country’s consul in Jeddah. I called a friend and he confirmed that he is the same man we met at the Hilton in Jeddah less than three years ago.
If he is right, then we are dealing with a strange, entangled world in which people who are legitimate today could be fugitives tomorrow morning.
This article first appeared in Asharq al-Awsat on Jan. 20, 2013. SHOW MORE
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