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'Rudely Interrupted': Shakespeare and Terrorism

Graham Holderness and Bryan Loughrey


On Saturday 19 March, 2005, Omar Ahmed Abdullah Ali tidied his

workstation at Qatar Petroleum and shut down his computer for the

last time. There were very few people in the offi ce that day, and none

of them noticed anything unusual about his behaviour. They recalled

him afterwards as ‘a decent man’, a family man whose wife had, only

a month before, given birth to their third child.

Earlier that morning the 38-year old Egyptian computer programmer

had said goodbye to Umm Abdullah and his three children quite

normally, as if nothing unusual were about to occur. I am not what

I am. Now he left the offi ce quietly, unassumingly, attracting no

attention, and went to collect his black Land Cruiser from the company

car park. Driving slowly and carefully, he pulled the car onto the road

and headed towards the Doha suburb of Fariq Kalaib.

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