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From the Biographies of the Prominent Martyrs of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Umayr al-Suri
By SITE Institute
November 17, 2005

Al-Qaeda in Iraq [Tanzeem Qaedat al-Jihad Fi Bilad al-Rafidayn] recently issued the third publication in their series: ?From the Biographies of the Prominent Martyrs.? 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. This particular issue tells the story of Abu Umayr al-Suri, a mujahid from Aleppo, Syria, who traveled to Iraq for jihad.

As al-Muhagir recounts, Abu Umayr al-Suri was steadfastly pious, even in the milieu of a strong religious atmosphere at the house of ?heroes? in al-Fallujah, and examples are provided of this devotion. Ultimately, a target at the central headquarters of the Polish forces in Karbala was chosen for al-Suri?s suicide mission, and he uprooted the gates so that ?the towers fell down from their heights mixed with the blood of the foul.? Al-Muhagir notes that subsequent to this bombing, a second mujahid entered the base with a truck bearing five tons of explosives and detonated it, allegedly killing hundreds of victims.

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


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