From Reuters, with thanks to Nicolei:
AMMAN, Jordan (Reuters) – The family of Sheikh Omar Jummah had no idea he was in Iraq until a midnight caller told them he had died fighting alongside al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Omar, 35, a Jordanian like Zarqawi, fought for a year with other Islamic militants battling to expel U.S.-led forces from Iraq. But he kept his family in the dark.
“He told us he was leaving for Saudi Arabia to take up a teaching job,” said his 64-year-old father Youssef Jummah.
Jummah recalled that his son was deeply religious and had memorized the Koran by the age of 13. But no one in his family expected that his piety would drive him to militancy.
The almost universal failure to expect or at least suspect just that is the jihadists’ best hope to prevail against their non-Muslim foes.