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From the Biographies of the Prominent Martyrs of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Osama al-Maghribi and Abu Hurayra al-Khijazi
By SITE Institute
November 4, 2005

Al-Qaeda in Iraq issued two biographies of ?prominent martyrs? on October 25, 2005 and November 3, 2005, of Abu Osama al-Maghribi and Abu Hurayra al-Khijazi, respectively. THe pieces, written by Abu Ismail al-Muhagir, recounts the motives of each man to execute a suicide bombing, the path they took to that end, and the target and resultant casualties. According to the biographies, al-Maghribi struck a UN building with his car bomb, and al-Khijazi, detonated himself on an Iraqi General Security headquarters.

Abu Ismail al-Muhagir writes of Abu Osama al-Maghribi AKA Abu Khabbab al-Filastini, a twenty-six year old originally from Tangiers in northern Morocco, who craved active participation in jihad rather than reading of it. After receiving instruction to carry out a suicide bombing on a UN building which was attacked a month earlier, but still in use, al-Maghiribi consulted with al-Muhagir and informed him that he was chosen for the operation and that his wife gave birth to a child, stating: ?I was happy since I woke up, knowing that good news will come. I solemnly swear, I indeed liked the first one more than the second?. The writer claims that fifty ?infidels? were killed in the operation, and more significantly was the UN decision to leave Iraq unless suitable security measures could be found. Al-Maghribi concludes the biography with a final piece of praise for the bomber, noting that he financed himself completely - from his journey to the price of the car in which he exploded.

The second issue of "From the Biographies of the Prominent Martyrs", published by the propaganda unit of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, tells the story of Abu Hurayra al-Khijazi, a man who believed that ?the killing of an apostate comes before the killing of a genuine infidel,? and thusly, set out to inflict harm upon Iraqi security forces. After failing to complete an operation as part of a group of Sunnis operating in northern Iraq, al-Khijazi eventually joined al-Qaeda in Iraq, but was told that there were already several other people before him who wished to be sent on suicide operations. Al-Khijazi insisted upon a ?suicide operation against the apostates; not against the Americans, there are those who want to carry out suicide activity against them. However, for me these foul people are a priority and I see the others refraining from taking revenge on them". Ultimately, he was sent to his target of a headquarters of the General Security.

A summary of both biographies and a translation of selected excerpts are provided to our Intel Service members.

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