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Jack Roche
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    (October 31, 1953- )
    Born in Hull, England, United Kingdom
    Born Paul George Holland
    Known as 'Jihad Jack'
    Moved to Australia (1978)
    Converted to Islam (1992)
    Joined Jemaah Islamiyah after three years of training to become a member (1996)
    Met Al-Qaeda leaders Osama bin Laden and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed in Afghanistan (2000)
    Attempted to bomb the Israeli embassy in Canberra but failed (2000)
    Arrested (<28011>November<28011> 18, 2002)
    Sentenced to nine years in prison starting from the day he got arrested (June 2004)
    Released from prison (May 14, 2007)
    He struggled with alcoholism prior to his conversion to Islam.
    He was described as 'incredibly naive and stupid', making him easily deceived by his recruits.
    He suffered from depression.
    He unsuccessfully attempted to recruit members to Al-Qaeda's terror cell in Australia.
    He was tasked to target Israeli targets in Australia, including a presumed attempt to assassinate Jewish businessman Joe Gutnick.
    Unlike many people who turned to terrorism, he was a hapless pawn rather than a brainwashed psycho.
    All of his terrorist actions have ended in failure.
    He claimed that if the authorities had listened to him in the first place, then the 9/11 attacks and the 2002 Bali bombings could have been prevented.
    He is fluent in Indonesian.
    Upon his release from prison, he was bombarded by interviewers disrupting his desire to live a quiet life.

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