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From the Biographies of the Prominent Martyrs of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Hamza al-Urduni
By SITE Institute
December 23, 2005

Al-Qaeda in Iraq [Tanzeem Qaedat al-Jihad Fi Bilad al-Rafidayn] recently issued the fifth publication in their series: ?From the Biographies of the Prominent Martyrs.? This piece, written by Abu Ismail al-Muhagir, recounts the story of Abu Hamza al-Urduni, one of the ?masters in the field of booby-trapping in Iraq? and development of car bombs. It is also noted at al-Urduni, until his death, was responsible for most of the suicide operations including those targeting UN envoy Sergio de Mello at UN headquarters in Baghdad and Nabeel restaurant.

In addition to lauding al-Urduni for his contributions to jihad in Iraq, the biographer traces his travel to al-Qaeda in Iraq and describes al-Urduni as having an amicable character and was a man ?to whom fear knew no way.? Abu Ismail al-Muhagir writes that during discussions between Abu Hamza al-Urduni and his self, American troops, led by a ?collaborator,? stormed the house in which they sat. He recounts the actions of al-Urduni during the ensuing confrontation in which al-Muhagir and other inhabitants of the house were able to escape; al-Urduni allegedly killed one soldier attempting to place him under arrest and lobbed grenades into the waiting Humvees. The writer also claims that he "saw a helicopter landing beside the house to take their killed and wounded from a fight with a single jihad fighter who protected his brothers with his life". Al-Urdini was killed during the confrontation and his body recovered by al-Muhagir from a hospital in al-Ramadi.

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

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