Jordan Convicts Mentor of Iraq's Al Qaeda Chief

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July 28: A prison van carrying Sheik Abu-Mohammed al-Maqdisi is escorted by police vehicles to a military court in Amman, Jordan.AP

Jordan's military court has convicted the mentor of the slain Al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi on terrorism charges.

The court on Thursday sentenced Palestinian-born Isam Mohammed Taher al-Barqawi to five years in prison.

Al-Barqawi and three other Jordanian-Palestinians, including a fugitive who was tried in absentia, were found guilty of "plotting terrorism" and also recruiting militants in Jordan to join the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The fugitive also received a five year sentences while the other two were handed 2 1/2 year prison terms.