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SITE Publications
Jihadi Biography of the Slaughtering Leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (Part 1)
By SITE Institute
October 25, 2005

A 15-page presentation of the ?Jihadi Biography of the Slaughtering Leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi,? allegedly written in 2004 by Saif al-Adl, the ?chief of security in the global army? in al-Qaeda, was recently distributed amongst jihadist forums by the Global Islamic Media Front, an al-Qaeda mouthpiece. The first half of this biography describes the Abu Musab al-Zarqawi?s evolution from the close of the jihad in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union until September 11, 2001, during which time he maintained an al-Qaeda training camp in Herat, western Afghanistan and strengthened his own projects and international network. Saif al-Adl AKA Muhamad Ibrahim Makkawi, currently believed to be under house arrest in Iran, is listed amongst the FBI?s most wanted terrorists .

Saif al-Adl describes the state of Qaedat al-Jihad (al-Qaeda) following the Soviet-Afghan war as being in flux; its leadership realized that to create the ?sought change,? the devout people of the jihad ?pioneers? must be collected and enjoined, especially the Jordanian and Palestinian figures. Within these recruits was Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who was seen as having a ?promising future on the path of the blessed call,? and following his release from a Jordanian prison in 1999, arrived in Afghanistan. Al-Adl elaborates on his meetings with Zarqawi, describing his personality and character, and explains that both Usama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri authorized a working relationship with him. He states: ?The logical conclusion was that we must be present everywhere on Earth - so how could we loose this auspicious opportunity to gain presence in Palestine and Jordan? And how could we loose the chance to work with Abu Musab??

During this period in Afghanistan, Al-Adl comments on Zarqawi?s evolving personality, which changed from being reticent and uninterested in general politics, to initiating speech and showing interest ?practically in everything…All these issues were signs of a formation of an exceptional, leading figure?. He notes that Zarqawi also sought to strengthen his projects, establishing a relationship with the Kurdish Ansar al-Islam organization, and before September 11, 2001, had developed a more general, strategic interest in the Islamic Ummah.

A summary of the biography and translation of selected excerpts are provided to our Intel Service members.

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